Four free agents that could be of interest to West Brom

It’s important for all teams to strengthen after winning promotion to the Premier League.

Albion may want to consider moves for free agents Nathaniel Clyne, Antonio Valencia, Ander Iturraspe and Danny Welbeck
Albion may want to consider moves for free agents Nathaniel Clyne, Antonio Valencia, Ander Iturraspe and Danny Welbeck

But while Albion have done some clever business this window, fans are understandably concerned they haven’t done enough to avoid an instant return to the Championship.

The deadline to bring in players from fellow Premier League clubs and from abroad passed quietly at The Hawthorns on Monday.

Slaven Bilic can still make signings from the EFL until October 16, with Huddersfield’s Karlan Grant and Watford duo Andre Gray and Troy Deeney known to be targets.

But as well as a striker, you can’t help but feel the Baggies would benefit from bringing in a full-back and a defensive midfielder.

With Bilic still able to sign free agents, we look at four players who might appeal.

Nathaniel Clyne

The former England right-back is a free agent after being released by Liverpool following a long-term knee ligament injury.

A deal for the 29-year-old looks highly unlikely as the defender has been training with former club Crystal Palace and looks set to be offered a contract by Roy Hodgson after playing in an under-23 match for them.

With ex-Baggie Nathan Ferguson and Joel Ward and Martin Kelly at the club, though, the London side aren’t short on right-backs.

So maybe he could be lured to The Hawthorns with a promise of more regular first-team football.

Antonio Valencia

At 35 years old, the Ecuadorian is no spring chicken.

But he was transformed from a winger into a powerful right-back during his time at Manchester United.

Age isn’t on his side, but his experience could be huge in a squad where very few players have top light experience.

And like Branislav Invanovic, Valencia may feel he wants one more crack at the Premier League.

Ander Iturraspe

There aren’t many defensive midfielders on the free transfer list.

But one who may be an intriguing option is Iturraspe who came close to joining Leeds in 2019.

The 31-year-old was a regular under Marcelo Bielsa at Athletic Bilbao and in total has made more than 240 appearances in La Liga.

It is believed Iturraspe opted to move to Espanyol instead of Leeds last year.

But that move didn’t work out, with the midfielder featuring just eight times as the team went on to be relegated from Spanish football’s top tier.

A tough tackler who is known for his determined character, Iturraspe has won two caps for Spain and could be a useful player for Sam Field to learn from.

Danny Welbeck

Released by Watford just yesterday, Welbeck immediately began trending on Twitter with supporters of clubs up and down the country believing he could be a good signing for their side.

He showed his quality at times for Manchester United, Arsenal and England.

But there is no denying the 29-year-old has had a career plagued by injury.

Welbeck would have to significantly reduce his wages demands – which were £100k a week at Watford – for Albion to even consider signing him.

Even then the Baggies may feel he is not worth the financial risk.

But signing Welbeck on a free would then free up the funds earmarked for the Grant transfer.

And that would allow Albion to shop in the EFL for a full-back or defensive midfielder.

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