Carlton Palmer believes it makes a lot of sense for West Brom to make a move for Ciaran Clark.
The Newcastle United defender has been linked with a transfer away from St James’ Park this summer.
The Baggies are reportedly monitoring the situation, with a move for the centre back on the cards for the upcoming transfer window.
The former West Brom player believes that Clark is a good player that could be a good addition to Steve Bruce’s side.
The 56-year old also believes that Bruce’s history with the player could play a significant role in any potential move.
“Ciaran Clark is a good player and obviously Steve Bruce will know him well from his time at Newcastle,” Palmer told Football League World.
“We also know that Newcastle have their new owners now, and there’s a lot of players that will be surplus to requirements now.”
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Clark has been with Newcastle for six full seasons now, but it is becoming apparent that he has fallen down the pecking order at St James’ Park.
The 32-year old only played 13 Premier League games this season, the last of which came on January 22 in a 1-0 win over Leeds United.
The Irishman has previously played for Aston Villa and has been a top flight-level player throughout his career.
A step down to the Championship wouldn’t be the worst move for Clark to make at this stage of his career.
With Newcastle’s new wealthy owners, it was inevitable that the likes of Clark would be left out of their long-term plans.
But the defender still has plenty to offer and Bruce will know him well from their time together in Newcastle.
This would be a solid signing for the Baggies and would help to reinforce their defence, although Clark does have the odd howler in him.