By Nick Ware

13th Jul, 2021 | 12:05pm

Matt Clarke set to undergo West Brom medical on Tuesday ahead of loan move

Brighton defender Matt Clarke is expected to undergo a medical on Tuesday ahead of a loan move to West Brom, according to John Percy.

Writing via his personal Twitter profile on Tuesday morning, the Telegraph journalist detailed the move to take the 24-year-old central defender from the south coast to the West Midlands.

Percy said: “West Brom are set to sign Brighton defender Matt Clarke on loan for the season. Medical expected later today. Clarke has been on loan at Derby for the past two seasons.”

Future clause?

Initial reports suggested Clarke was set to join Albion on a permanent basis, with The Sun claiming he was available to leave Brighton for a £5million fee.

However, Percy has reported a loan deal has been agreed, though he has not mentioned whether there are any future clauses that could be activated.

Given his age, Brighton’s options in the centre of defence and their apparent willingness to let him leave for a price, surely we have included some sort of clause within the loan agreement?

Hopefully, it is one that is dependent on us getting promoted this season, and that would put us in a perfect position – if he has a good season and helps us to get promoted then it will be a no-brainer to have him in the squad for the Premier League as he will already be accustomed to the squad.

There might be questions raised over why we are not splashing out to sign a proven Championship player on a permanent basis, allied to the previous free agent signing of Alex Mowatt from Barnsley.

Time will tell on whether we are holding back on funds this summer, and looking to plot a more savvy way to the top.

But the capture of Clarke is certainly one to get excited about.

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