By Danny Wright

11th Jul, 2021 | 10:04am

West Brom eye Brighton defender Matt Clarke

West Brom are interested in signing Brighton centre-back Matt Clarke this summer, according to The Sun.

The newspaper claims the 24-year-old is valued at £5million by the south coast club, who are willing to cash in on the former Portsmouth defender.

It is understood that Sheffield United are also keen on Clarke after he spent last season on loan at Derby County.

Bartley replacement?

Are Albion eyeing up Clarke as someone who they could sign to replace Kyle Bartley this summer?

The Telegraph reported earlier this week that Newcastle and Crystal Palace are interested in the 30-year-old and the Baggies could decide to let him leave for £3million.

Clarke isn’t as experienced as Bartley at the age of 24 but he’s still someone with over 80 Championship appearances to his name after back-to-back seasons on loan at Derby.

According to stats on the Brighton and Hove Albion website, he was Derby’s most-used player last season and made more clearances [179], interceptions [58], shots blocked [19] and passes per game [44.7] than anyone else at Pride Park.

Clarke also ranked inside the top 10 Championship players for aerial duels having won 236 of them.

Wayne Rooney called Clarke a “big player” for the Rams last term [Argus].

Essentially, it sounds as though Clarke had a great season with Derby despite them having to wait until the final day of the campaign to avoid relegation to League One.

But, as we know, there are gems in relegated teams and he could be worth a look at if Bartley does move on.

In other West Brom news, Ismael has shared a brilliant tweet after he met Tony Brown and Chris Brunt at The Hawthorns.

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