Chelsea full-back Tomas Kalas has emerged as a potential summer transfer target for West Brom.
Baggies boss Steve Clarke travelled to Holland at the weekend to watch the 19-year-old in action for Vitesse Arnhem, where he is on a season-long loan from Stamford Bridge.
And the Czech Republic international has been added to the Baggies’ watch-list as they weigh up potential right-back targets, ahead of the summer transfer window.
Clarke watched Vitesse’s 1-0 win at FC Twente on Sunday alongside Albion’s head European scout Tony Spearing with Kalas playing the first 45 minutes.
The defender is in his second season on loan with the Dutch club, having signed for Chelsea from Czech side SK Sigma Olomouc in 2010 when the Blues paid around £5m for the then-17-year-old.
He has played 58 times for Vitesse and the Blues have indicated they are willing to loan him again next season to gain Premier League experience, having tied him down to a new contract keeping him at Stamford Bridge until 2017.
Clarke retains strong links with officials at Stamford Bridge, where he was a popular player and coach, and that relationship helped him land the Baggies’ leading scorer, Romelu Lukaku, on loan for this season.
But any concrete move for Kalas could hinge on the future of the giant Belgian teenager.
Albion are keen to take the 19-year-old, who has excelled with 13 goals this season, for a second year on loan and Lukaku has expressed a desire to stay unless he is guaranteed first-team football with the Londoners.
An agreement over Lukaku would rule out any move for Kalas as Premier League sides are not permitted to loan more than one player from the same top-flight clubs.
Kalas is just the latest right-back to be watched by the Baggies, who are conscious of first-choice Steven Reid’s ongoing problems with injuries.
Billy Jones performed well as an understudy for the former Ireland international against Swansea on Saturday but has yet to fully establish himself as a Premier League performer.
Clarke has made personal checks on Leeds defender Sam Byram, who has also attracted interest from Everton and Liverpool.
And the Baggies could also revive their interest in Fulham’s Chris Baird or Newcastle’s Danny Simpson.
Both are previous Albion targets whose contracts with their current clubs expire at the end of the season.