By Saikat Mandal

14th Jun, 2022 | 10:09pm

West Brom unlikely to sign Luton Town defender James Bree

West Brom are unlikely to sign James Bree this summer, according to a report from Birmingham Mail [June 14].

Express and Star reported on June 7 that the Baggies are considering a move for the 24-year-old who will soon be out of contract at Luton Town.

He has a contract at Luton until June 30, but the defender is not expected to line up in an Albian shirt next season as a free agent.

Full-back scenario

In an ideal world, Steve Bruce would be willing to sign two new full-backs.

The Baggies have Adam Reach and Taylor Gardner-Hickman as two back-up full-backs for the likes of regulars Conor Townsend and Darnell Furlong, but they are not natural in those positions.

Bree impressed last season (2021/22) where he notched up seven-goal involvements in 42 appearances for Nathan Jones’ side and helped the club reach play-offs.

Bruce signed him for Villa from Barnsley back in the January window of 2017, but chances are slim that he will bring him to the Hawthorns again.

He is a versatile defender who can also play on the left-back. But most importantly, he is available for free, and it makes a lot of sense to move for him.

Considering his age, there is further room for his development. The Baggies boss needs players with experience, but he may have some other ideas.

The right-back is an extremely important position, but considering West Brom’s financial situation, it doesn’t like signing a right-back is his top priority at the moment.

In other West Brom news, the Baggies have tabled an official offer to seal yet another major new signing this month

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