By Joe Ellis

23rd May, 2022 | 6:45pm

West Brom can use Steve Bruce's family ties to sign 'unplayable' Jed Wallace

West Brom remain firmly in the race to sign Millwall winger Jed Wallace in the summer as he looks set to leave The Den on a free.

The 28-year-old has enjoyed a fabulous season for the Lions having scored six goals and registered a further 13 assists throughout the course of the 2021-22 campaign and he now wants to take the next step in his career.

The Baggies are among those interested and Millwall manager Gary Rowett has revealed a family relation that could help give Albion the edge in this summer’s pursuit of Wallace.

“When Steve Bruce is Matt Smith’s (Millwall striker) father-in-law, I think you can definitely imagine that Smudge has told Steve, although I’m sure he doesn’t need it, just how good a character the player is,” Rowett said, as quoted by London News.

“We’re going to get all these links until Jed puts pen to paper somewhere, or here. That’s going to be ongoing until it happens. And realistically whoever it is is – West Brom, Besiktas, Forest – you are going to see these links.

“At some point, Jed is going to make a decision to do whatever he wants to do. I’m pretty sure he’ll inform us whether that is re-signing for us or signing for someone else.

That is all very encouraging noise if you are a West Brom fan as Bruce could call upon his son-in-law to lean on the winger who has provided him with many a perfect cross during their time together at The Den to pick the Baggies over anyone else.

Wallace, who Rowett called “unplayable” back in April [News at Den] would provide a very big piece of the jigsaw for Bruce ahead of next season with Matt Phillips already heading out of the club and more to follow among his big overhaul of the squad that finished just 10th in the Championship last season.

In other West Brom news, a move for Sam Johnstone is now looking “unlikely” for two Premier League sides, narrowing his future prospects considerably.

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