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West Brom close in on deal for experienced free agent



West Bromwich Albion are closing in on the signing of former Norwich City defender Russell Martin after a successful trial at the Hawthorns, report Football Insider

Martin is a free agent after having his contract with the Canaries terminated on transfer deadline day last week.

The former Scotland international spent nine years at Carrow Road after signing form Peterborough United in 2009 making 309 appearances and winning three promotions.

The 32-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan in the Scottish Premier League with Rangers where he made 17 appearances, although he did struggle with the Glasgow giants.

Should the deal be completed, Martin will become the Baggies’ ninth signing of the season and the fifth defender to arrive at the club after Kyle Bartley, Connor Townsend, Tyrone Mears and Tosin Adarabioyo signed over the summer.

The former Posh man is capable of playing both as a centre-back and as a right-back which will no doubt prove an attractive asset for Darren Moore.

The verdict 

This will be a very shrewd signing for the Baggies because of his experience and versatility.

Martin is absolutely brimming with Championship experienced and has been involved in two previous promotion winning campaigns to the Premier League.

He will not be playing week in week out by any means, but he knows this division like the back of his hand and will be a very important player in the latter stages of the season especially.

Thoughts, Albion fans? Would you be pleased with this signing? Let us know in the comments below.

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