West Brom boss Darren Moore doesn’t need another ageing midfielder in Wes Hoolahan

According to Football Insider, West Brom are close to signing former Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan on a free transfer, but the Baggies do not need another ageing midfielder in their squad.

What’s the story?

Hoolahan has been training with the West Midlands club having left Norwich this summer, where he has spent the last 10 years of his career. The Irishman madeĀ 351 appearances for the Canaries, scoring 51 goals and providing 78 assists.

He also hasĀ 43 caps and three goals for his country, meaning he is not short of experience at both club and international level.

The now 36-year-old can play in central midfield or wide on the left but his favoured position is in an attacking midfield role. If Moore were to sign him after the trial, Hoolahan would become his ninth signing of the summer after the Baggies boss began overhauling his squad after their return to the Championship.

Average age

Hoolahan was phased out by Norwich boss Daniel Farke last season and made just 14 starts in the Championship for the Carrow Road club before leaving in the summer. His age should also be a concern for Moore, who already has 37-year-old Gareth Barry, 32-year-old James Morrison and 33-year-old Chris Brunt as options for his central midfielders.

With the pace and intensity of the Championship, clubs cannot afford to be carrying passengers in the middle of the park no matter how good they are technically, and Moore must not take risk this with Hoolahan.

The Baggies currently sit in ninth place in the Championship after a fairly good start to the season. However Brunt, who has been starting in central midfield, has looked off the pace and unable to cope so this deal may not be worth it for West Brom.