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According to a report from The Telegraph, West Brom are one of a number of clubs showing an interest in Arsenal’s Krystian Bielik.
Albion have been rather quiet in the transfer window so far with more players leaving the Hawthorns than have arrived.
Talented 16-year-old Morgan Rogers could also be on his way out, too.
However, they’re now targeting a Premier League midfielder as Bielik has attracted the attention of various Championship clubs.
The Telegraph report that the Baggies are in contention but so are Derby, Middlesbrough and Brentford.
The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Charlton but Arsenal are hopeful he’ll sign a new deal. If he doesn’t though, they could be willing to let him leave permanently.
Bielik played in central defence at times but it was in holding midfielder where he played most of the season.
And with that in mind, his potential arrival could put Sam Field’s development in jeopardy.
The Albion academy graduate struggled for minutes last term, finding himself behind the likes of Jake Livermore and Gareth Barry in the pecking order.
He played 12 times in the Championship, four of which were starts. The 21-year-old looked impressive when he did play, scoring against Bolton whilst making 1.8 tackles per game over the matches he featured in.
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Rather harshly, he regularly found himself left out of the side and rarely got a chance under Jimmy Shan, playing just twice.
A fresh start under Slaven Bilic could be exactly what he needs, but if Albion bring in another defensive midfielder he is unlikely to play a large role again.
Bielik has the potential to be a shrewd piece of business for West Brom, but they have to be wary of potentially upsetting one of their rising talents.