West Brom are set to appoint Deon Burton as their full-time Under-23s manager after an impressive season in temporary charge, according to the Birmingham Mail.

The newspaper reports on their website that Burton, 43, is in the final stages of contract negotiations after impressing Albion’s sporting director Luke Dowling.

Burton stepped up to take charge of the Under-23s on an interim basis back in September when Michael Appleton left to join Lincoln City.

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The former Premier League striker, who played for Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Walsall in his playing career, then led the young Baggies side to a third-place finish in Premier League 2 Division 2 before the season was curtailed early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Burton will be joined by James Morrison in the Under-23s coaching team next season, and the pair should make a really good team.

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Both have a lot of experience playing in the Premier League and in international football. Both are bound to have different skillsets from playing in different positions and both have done enough at West Brom to be able to have a big influence on the youngsters who are rising through the ranks.

Dowling has definitely done the right thing to get Burton on board permanently.

He’s done nothing to suggest he’s not the right option.

In other West Brom news, the Baggies are set to bid £6.3million for this Croatia international.

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