West Bromwich Albion have been linked with the signing of Rangers defender Connor Goldson, as per reports from Football Insider.
The Baggies’ bid for automatic promotion has taken a blow in recent weeks – Nottingham Forest could close the gap between top spot and third place to three points if they defeat Reading on Wednesday.
Slaven Bilic’s side have been frightening in attack this season, but have conceded 31 goals in the Championship which is more than anyone else in the top seven.
The 27-year-old has made 36 appearances in all competitions this season, helping Rangers boast the best defensive record in the SPFL and keep the pressure on league leaders Celtic.
A £3m signing from Brighton and Hove Albion last summer, the defender has produced a series of solid displays for Steven Gerrard’s side, but he could be set to make the switch to the Hawthorns this month.
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Here, then, we take a look at one winner and one loser if Albion win the race for Goldson…
Winner: Slaven Bilic
Ultimately, Slaven Bilic would be the real winner if Goldson arrived in the West Midlands, as it would be a superb coup to lure him to the Hawthorns.
Goldson is at a really good age and has years left ahead of him to develop as a player, and given his importance to Rangers in their title charge, it would be a huge statement of intent to lure him away from Ibrox.
The only thing you’d say is missing from making them the complete team is their defence – they have conceded far too many sloppy goals this term, and their superb attacking force has been their saving grace.
Bringing in a leader like Goldson could be a massive boost for West Brom in their bid for promotion.
Loser: Kyle Bartley
With his contract at The Hawthorns expiring at the end of next season, Bartley will be eager to impress Bilic in the hope of extending his stay at the Hawthorns.
But if Goldson was to come in, then you would back him to become West Brom’s first-choice centre-back alongside Semi Ajayi, when the latter is fully fit and available for selection.
The arrival of Goldson could limit Bartley’s chances of a place in Bilic’s starting line-up, despite being a key player for the Baggies this season, particularly in the first-half of the campaign.
He isn’t getting any older at the age of 28, and will be desperate to continue playing week in, week out at this level and above.