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West Brom interested in John Terry and Chris Smalling

Albion are interested in John Terry but reports they are holding serious talks with the former Chelsea captain are premature.

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The 36-year-old free agent is one of a number of options the club are considering at centre-back this summer, and the Baggies have contacted his representatives to test the water.

But head coach Tony Pulis would rather sign a younger defender if possible and so the Baggies plan to pursue other targets first.

Terry's wage demands, which are reportedly £100,000-a-week, are also putting Albion off.

The Baggies are also keen on Manchester United's Chris Smalling, who may become available after Jose Mourinho signed Victor Lindelof from Benfica for £30.7million.

However, Smalling is also interesting Arsenal and Everton, and Albion's hierarchy are acutely aware that those top-seven clubs will be a more preferable destination for the 27-year-old.

Meanwhile, talks between the Baggies and Leeds United over compensation for left-back Charlie Taylor continue to stall, casting doubt on the deal.

Taylor is a free agent this summer, although Leeds have offered him a new two-year contract.

He fell out with former owner Massimo Cellino and refused to play on the final day of the season, but Leeds have since been taken over by Andrea Radrizanni.

Liverpool have also expressed an interest in Taylor in the past.