West Brom manager Slaven Bilic has been impressed by the performances of NK Lokomotiva goalkeeper Ivo Grbic, according to Slobodna Dalmacija.
The Croatian news outlet claims that Grbic, 24, “could easily” join the Baggies this summer as the newly-promoted club eyes reinforcements for their goalkeeper department.
Grbic made 38 appearances in all competitions and kept 11 clean sheets last season as Lokomotiva finished second in the Croatian top-flight and qualified for the Champions League.
Slobodna Dalmacija adds that there is no serious interest from West Brom at the moment but the fact that Bilic has been impressed by the Croatian shot-stopper’s performances could mean a transfer will materialise.
However, the former Hajduk Split goalkeeper is not expected to go anywhere until Lokomotiva have played their Champions League qualifier matches
West Brom have been linked with a number of goalkeepers since last season finished with The Sun reporting that Joe Hart, David Marshall and Steven-Andreas Benda are options for the Baggies.
Sam Johnstone has been Albion’s undisputed number one while they’ve been in the Championship but it remains to be seen whether or not Bilic will replace the ex-Manchester United goalkeeper for life back in the Premier League.
Either way, back-ups are needed for Johnstone if he does retain the number one jersey as Ali Al-Habsi has left The Hawthorns and Jonathan Bond could follow him as his contract has expired.
Alex Palmer is still on the books after an impressive season out on loan at Plymouth so, as it stands, Bilic has at least two goalkeepers ready for next season and could be eyeing up Grbic as someone who’ll add a bit of extra depth or open up the possibility of loaning Palmer out again.
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