Both Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are said to be interested in a move for West Bromwich Albion centre back Kyle Bartley this summer, as per a recent report by The Telegraph.
It is stated in the report that the former Arsenal and Glasgow Rangers man has emerged as an option for the Premier League duo during the current window, with a fee of £3 million said to be enough to take him off Albion’s hands moving forwards.
The 30-year-old featured regularly for the Baggies last term, racking up a respectable 31 games across all competitions as the Midlands club was eventually relegated back down to the Sky Bet Championship.
With the defender having now entered the final year of his contract, there is an increasingly high likelihood that he could well be moved on for a fee this summer.
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Here, we take a look at ONE winner and ONE loser at West Brom if the club strikes an agreement with Palace or Newcastle for Bartley…
Winner – Dara O’Shea
O’Shea would almost certainly be the main winner of Bartley leaving the club this summer, with the Irishman currently behind his teammate in the pecking order at the Hawthorns at present.
The 22-year-old has excelled highly for the Baggies since making the step up to the first team and will be pushing to become a more regular starter.
He struggled to get in ahead of Bartley and Semi Ajayi last term and will be looking to make up for lost time in the upcoming campaign.
A move away for his teammate would surely help his cause moving forwards.
Loser – Semi Ajayi
The centre back has played alongside Bartley regularly for the best part of a few seasons now and would surely be negatively affected if his teammate left.
Both players have formed a resolute understanding at the heart of the backline and Albion would no doubt be worried if that was disrupted.
A move back to the Premier League for Bartley could also cause Ajayi to consider his own future in the Midlands.
Overall a move away for his partner could have a detrimental affect on the 27-year-old.