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2 potential knock-on effects as West Brom close in on deal for Brighton man



West Bromwich Albion are closing in on a deal to sign Matt Clarke, according to The Telegraph’s John Percy.

The Brighton defender looks set to move to The Hawthorns on a season-long loan deal with a medical due to take place on Tuesday afternoon with the view to a move.

The 24-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan with Derby County where he made 81 appearances for Wayne Rooney’s side.

By joining Valerien Ismael’s side he’ll be hoping to be a part of the side who can go on to secure promotion straight back to the Premier League, but what impact will his arrival have on the club? We take a look.

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An end to the Kean Bryan pursuit?

West Brom have been heavily linked with a move for Kean Bryan this summer, however that could now be in question.

The defender is out of contract after his Sheffield United deal expired and that means that the 24-year-old is facing an uncertain future.

If Matt Clarke does complete his move then there’s certainly a case to suggest that the Baggies will no longer be pursuing a deal for him.

Kyle Bartley exit?

If Matt Clarke does join the club then it means that someone could be heading for the exit door.

Reports from The Telegraph have suggested that both Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are keen on a move for Kyle Bartley following the club’s relegation from the Premier League, meaning that a move could be on the cards.

If Clarke does arrive then perhaps it could pave the way for the 30-year-old to depart.

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