By Rob Jarvis

23rd Sep, 2021 | 4:10pm

West Brom want to sign Plymouth keeper Michael Cooper

West Brom want to sign Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Michael Cooper, according to Football League World.

The online outlet have reported that Baggies scouts have been watching the stopper closely and face strong competition.

Aston Villa, Birmingham, Sheffield United and Southampton are among the other clubs keeping track of the youngster.

The Baggies have a good relationship with the south coast club.

Alex Palmer impressed there on loan helping them earn promotion to League One, and has stayed with the Albion this season.

Cooper replaced Palmer in between the sticks after this spell ended, and made 52 appearances last season.

Ryan Lowe has kept the faith after a tough season, and he has been rewarded with a brilliant start this year which sees the Argyle in the play-offs.

Plan B?

Sam Johnstone is currently irreplaceable at The Hawthorns, and there are numerous talented stoppers behind him.

David Button is next in line with Alex Palmer and Josh Griffiths looking to secure that place long-term behind them.

Based on that, bringing in Cooper would maybe make no sense, but should Johnstone and Button move on in the near future, having a third keeper would make perfect sense.

Leeds are a club that have relied on young goalkeepers recently, with their gamble on Illan Meslier paying off, maybe the same could happen with Cooper.

Described as “outstanding” after his first-team debut back in 2017, Cooper is certainly looking like a shrewd target as he gains valuable senior experience.

Time will tell, but it looks as though Valerien Ismael is planning for the future in all areas in his squad.

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