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Report: West Brom confident of sealing move for £40k-a-week international defender

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Report: West Brom confident of sealing move for £40k-a-week international defender

West Bromwich Albion are in talks over Shane Duffy and ahead of fellow suitors West Ham in the race for the 28-year-old’s signature, according to Sky Sports.

As previously reported by The Argus, Baggies boss Slaven Bilic sees the Brighton defender as an experienced player who could add defensive steel to his side.

Likewise, West Ham manager David Moyes – who worked with Duffy at Everton – reportedly sees him as a good option to strengthen his defensive ranks.

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However, according to the report, West Brom are hopeful of completing a deal for the defender before the squad returns for pre-season training later this month.

Duffy has been with the Seagulls since 2016 but got little game time last season, with just 21 appearances and 16 Premier League starts under his belt.

 

Brighton have also bolstered their ranks with Ben White’s return from Leeds United and Netherlands international Joel Veltman joining from Ajax last month, and are reportedly prepared to let Duffy go.

The 6ft 4in defender has made 130 competitive appearances for Brighton and has won 33 caps for the Republic, of which he is captain.

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Duffy is an experienced, high-calibre defender whose time at Brighton is now uncertain due to their glut of options at the back, and West Brom and West Ham would certainly be bolstered with him in their ranks.

As things stand, the Baggies appear to be frontrunners in the race for the £40,000-a-week defender and, should they succeed in snapping him up, he’d likely become a crucial part of the team’s spine, and their hopes of Premier League survival would instantly get a boost.

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