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Report: West Brom are about to land a 'big player' on loan, announcement within next 48 hours

West Brom are reportedly on the verge of completing the loan signing of Matt Clarke.

The Express & Star claims the 24-year-old will become Valerien Ismael’s second signing since arriving at The Hawthorns.

They also claim West Brom will confirm Clarke’s arrival within the next 48 hours.

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One previous report claimed Albion and Brighton were in discussions over a fee for the player.

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However, it now looks as though Clarke will move on loan instead of permanently.

The 6ft 1in centre-back joined Brighton from Portsmouth for a reported £4million fee in 2019.

Clarke has yet to make a competitive first-team appearance for the Seagulls but has impressed at Derby the last two seasons.

“He is a big player for us,” The Argus quotes Wayne Rooney as saying about him last February.

Clarke also shone at Portsmouth, to the point that some fans reckoned he would be a future England international.

In terms of centre-backs, West Brom currently have Semi Ajayi, Kyle Bartley, Dara O’Shea and Cedric Kipre in their ranks.

However, Ismael has tended to play with a back three throughout his career, so he could potentially target another centre-back.

Clarke’s contract at the Amex runs until 2023.

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