West Brom are closing in on the signing of former Sheffield United centre-back Kean Bryan, as per an update from John Percy of The Telegraph on Twitter.
Percy’s tweet states that a medical was conducted yesterday, and he is set to be brought in as a result of injuries to Dara O’Shea and Matt Clarke.
According to Football Insider, The Baggies were weighing up whether to offer Bryan a contract in June.
However, the fact that Dara O’Shea will face significant time on the sidelines, as a result of a knee injury sustained during international duty for The Republic of Ireland, means that The Baggies have turned their attention to recruiting another centre-back.
The central defender went down after competing with Diogo Jota for possession last week, and will subsequently face at least four months out.
Bryan started 12 times for The Blades in the Premier League last season, scoring the opener in a 2-1 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old also attracted Premier League interest this summer, with The Sun claiming that newly-promoted Watford were monitoring the defender.
The same report stated that Swansea City and Fulham were also interested parties, but a move failed to materialise with all three.
A previous Football Insider report also linked the free agent with a move to Middlesbrough in the summer, however, Bryan has remained without an employer into the new season and now into September.
The central defender is also a versatile option for Valerien Ismael to pursue. Bryan has proven to be a competent option as a holding midfielder, whilst he was also trusted as a left wing-back under Chris Wilder last season.
The injuries to O’Shea and Clarke leave West Brom rather thin when it comes to central defensive options, with Kyle Bartley, Semi Ajayi, and Cedric Kipre, the club’s current senior choices.
Bryan has experience of the higher division, whilst he also meets both the physical and technical demands that come with being a player under Ismael.