By Rob Jarvis

21st May, 2022 | 7:30am

West Brom want to sign Ciaran Clark, Steve Bruce eager for 'shock' transfer - report

West Brom want to sign Newcastle United defender Ciaran Clark in the upcoming summer transfer window, according to Newcastle World.

The online outlet have reported on their website that the Magpies have opened the exit door, despite the Irishman having a deal until 2023 at St James’ Park.

Steve Bruce is keen on a reunion with Clark, with the potential transfer already being described as a “shock.”

Clarke has not been involved in the Premier League squad of Newcastle since January.

It has been a dark end to this season for the experienced defender, who will have been gutted to miss out on everything that is happening at that club right now.

Burce handed the defender seven of his starts in the Premier League this season, so no doubt a reunion would appeal to both parties over the summer.

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With Kyle Bartley already at the club, something doesn’t quite add up with this one.

We have all of the experience in the world in terms of Championship options, so adding Clark on top of that appears strange and a youthful transfer window would make more sense.

Matt Clarke has returned to Brighton after his loan spell, and Cedric Kipre looks to be heading to the exit at The Hawthorns, so replacements will be needed.

If Clark comes in for free and then possibly a smart Premier League loan at the back, our defence would be completed and we can look in midfield and attack for more reinforcements.

All of this talk makes it look like we will be primarily targeting the free-agent market with Jed Wallace and John Swift also mentioned alongside the Newcastle man who could also arrive for nothing.

This is certainly one to keep an eye on moving forward.

In other West Brom news, one player who proved to be a bright spot this year won’t be at the club next year and a former Baggies player has reacted to the news.

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