West Bromwich Albion will look to be ambitious with their summer recruitment, as they prepare for a first full season under the watch of Steve Bruce.
2021/22 was, undoubtedly, a massive disappointment for the Baggies, who drifted to a mid-table finish after Bruce replaced Valerien Ismael.
Bruce is looking to build a squad capable of competing for the top-six over next season’s 46-game campaign, with some interesting links emerging.
According to the Birmingham Mail, West Brom are interested in signing Hamza Choudhury, who is available for a loan from Leicester City this summer.
The defensive midfielder would be a fine signing, yet he’s been described as an “expensive” loan option, whilst Middlesbrough are also keen on signing the 24-year-old.
So, should West Brom be lining up alternatives to the Leicester man?
We take a look at THREE suitable options here:
Pearson was part of the AFC Bournemouth squad that won promotion to the Premier League last season, yet the 27-year-old only managed eight starts under Scott Parker.
It’s hard to imagine that number increasing stepping up into the Premier League, which surely increases the chance of a move away from the South Coast.
Pearson has proved to be a very good defensive midfielder in the Championship in his days with Preston North End, and Bruce could do worse than targeting a deal for him as an alternative to Choudhury.
Middlesbrough have made their move to tie Howson down to a new contract at the Riverside Stadium, but at the time of writing it’s still not clear whether or not the 34-year-old will be sticking around.
If he’s to be available on a free this summer, Championship clubs will be all over him, with Howson’s longevity holding up last season, having featured in 45 of Boro’s 46 fixtures.
Naturally, Howson is dropping deeper and deeper, with Chris Wilder utilising him in-front of his back-three last season.
He’d be a great option for West Brom, and cheap too.
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Fulton was heavily involved for Swansea under Steve Cooper, as they finished in the play-offs in 2019/20 and 2020/21.
However, under Russell Martin last season he managed only 18 appearances and wasn’t really fancied.
If that trend is looking set to continue this summer, West Brom could do worse than looking to tempt the 28-year-old to the Hawthorns.