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Albion rival Wolves for Ryan Bertrand

Albion are considering hijacking rivals Wolves' move for Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand.

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Albion are considering hijacking rivals Wolves' move for Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand.

The Baggies want some serious competition for left-back Nicky Shorey next season and are monitoring England under-21 star Bertrand, who has been offered on loan to both Black Country outfits.

With Marek Cech heading for the exit door this summer, Albion boss Roy Hodgson needs to add strength to his squad and the 21-year-old Londoner fits the bill.

Albion, who also have Joe Mattock's future to consider, are keeping their options open on the Stamford Bridge prospect.

But whoever comes in will be welcomed by Shorey who said "we have got to kick on."

Shorey is ready to deal with a new challenge to his Albion place, after urging the club to press on with more signings this summer.

After falling out of favour at both Villa and Albion in recent seasons, Shorey came storming back to the form which took him into the England team as the Baggies soared under Hodgson.

Shorey added: "If you stand still you go backwards in the Premier League.

"It was one of the most competitive leagues ever last season and it's important now that we try to improve."

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