West Brom to sign Matt Clarke
Sheffield United look set to miss one of their first transfer goals of the summer, with Matt Clarke closing in on a move to West Brom.
The defender had become a target for new Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic after learning that Jack O’Connell was likely to miss the season.
However, according to the Express and star, West Brom has now opened talks with Clarke about a move to The Hawthorns. He is expected to leave Brighton, with playing time unlikely next season.
Clarke impressed the final quarter during a stint with Wayne Rooney’s Derby County. Despite their modest finish, the defenseman was one of the shining lights of a young Rams team.
But he seems ready to join the Baggies now. It is claimed that Albion could pay up to Â£ 5million for Clarke. And with United’s lending-focused strategy, that could prove to be too much for the Blades as it stands.
Slavisa Jokanovic has already said this week that the club are ready to move forward in the market. After a week in Spain with the team, the Serbian has apparently spoken to the board about potential signings.
Sign of things to come? Or just one?
United fans are hoping it will be the latter. We cannot afford to go a summer without missing out on key goals. Especially in large areas such as the central rear.
The Blades need someone in there. O’Connell’s loss is huge, while Phil Jagielka has moved on as well. Only Egan, Basham and Robinson remain as recognized center-backs, with youngster Ky Gordon also in the mix.
Hopefully this week will see United’s board moving forward. New faces and increased quality are needed in this team. Clarke would have brought this, but he now appears out of the picture.
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