West Bromwich Albion are one of the clubs being credited with an interest in the Motherwell centre-back Declan Gallagher, along with Burnley and Sheffield United.
Teamtalk claims West Brom, Burnley, Sheffield United, and a host of Championship clubs have checked on Gallagher, who was part of the Scotland side that qualified for next summer’s European Championship earlier this month.
The 29-year-old has now been capped by his country on seven occasions, having been called up for the first time last year by a former Baggies manager.
And those of a West Brom persuasion may be keen to hear Steve Clarke’s assessment of the player.
Speaking after Scotland’s penalty shootout win against Israel last month, Clarke said (Scottish Sun): “It’s fair to say that Declan wasn’t going to start the game initially, but he came in and performed really well.
“I wasn’t worried about Declan because last November he did really well in two games for us.
“His club season hasn’t started that well for him.
“But he showed everyone the other night he’s more than capable of stepping up to help us as and when required.
“He’s also made a strong case to be a starter in the matches going forward.
And, after another win and clean sheet against Slovakia a few days later, Clarke said (BBC): “Our back three was excellent. Declan Gallagher was excellent.”
Gallagher’s rise to the Scotland national team was not without controversy.
But speaking after the former Celtic kid’s maiden squad selection, Clarke’s assistant and former West Brom and Burnley player, Steven Reid, said (BBC): “He has rebuilt his career if you like and you have to give him some credit for that as well. He had to go away, take a look at himself, his lifestyle and he has been given a second chance.
“These opportunities don’t come around too often for him so it is great that he is involved.”
Gallagher is out of contract at Motherwell next summer and can be approached by non-Scottish clubs regarding a free transfer move from the new year.
His Scotland teammates include the Sheffield United trio John Fleck, Oliver McBurnie and Oliver Burke, who left West Brom for the Blades earlier this year.
Fans of West Brom, Burnley and Sheffield United – would Gallagher be a good addition?