Bartley could solve West Bromwich Albion’s defence problems, but club face competition

West Bromwich Albion intend to hold talks with Kyle Bartley regarding a move from Swansea City, according to The Sun on Sunday (July 1, page 59).

What’s the word?

The Baggies are in need of some defensive strength as they try to cope with the demands of Championship football.

Darren Moore and his team were relegated to the second tier after finishing bottom of the Premier League last season.

At the back, they have already lost Jonny Evans, who recently joined Leicester City, while Gareth McAuley has left and there are doubts over the future of Craig Dawson.

The Sun on Sunday reports that Bartley is one of West Brom’s targets and that talks could be held soon regarding a £4m switch from Swansea.

The Baggies face competition, though, as Leeds United and Birmingham City are also keen on the defender, who suffered with injury problems last season.

Do West Brom have a chance?

If reports are true in that the club are planning to hold talks, then the Midlands outfit are in the driving seat.

However, 6ft3 Bartley has already got experience playing under Garry Monk, who is currently in charge of Birmingham.

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As well as that, the Swansea defender previously played for Leeds, where he heavily impressed during a loan spell in the 2016-17 campaign.

All three will be competing in the Championship this season, but the Baggies arguably have the best chance of earning promotion to the top flight due to the fact that they only just dropped down.

Bartley could see that as an incentive, and he will be offered first-team football, which is another tick in the plus column.