West Brom must sign Jansson and reunite him with Kyle Bartley

According to Swedish newspaper Expressen, West Brom have been in contact with Leeds over the possibility of signing centre-back Pontus Jansson., rated at £5.4m by Transfermarkt.

What’s the story?

The post-relegation exodus has begun at West Brom and it shows no sign of stopping any time soon. Winger James McClean and centre-back Craig Dawson are both currently trying to force moves away from the Hawthorns.

If Dawson does get his move then the Baggies will be left with just Ahmed Hegazi as the only senior centre-back in the squad, having already lost Jonny Evans to Leicester for just £3.5m.

However, The Express and Star also reported that the Egyptian has a £10m buyout clause which is interesting West Ham and other Premier League clubs.

With West Brom fans recently urging the club to sign Kyle Bartley from Swansea, adding Jansson from Leeds would represent brilliant business for boss Darren Moore and would reunite the pair who starred at the heart of the Leeds defence in the 2016/17 season.


A new (old) partnership

Jansson made 42 appearances in the Championship for Leeds last season and was one of the most impressive defenders in the division. He also deputised for Manchester United’s Victor Lindelöf in Sweden’s opening game of this summer’s World Cup, helping his country to a 1-0 win over South Korea.

The 27-year-old, like Bartley, is a giant at 6ft 4in, and the two obviously know each other well and could re-ignite their formidable partnership at the back for West Brom, which could help them surpass the 99 points their arch-rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers achieved as they won the Championship last term.

Bartley could cost as little as £3.5m as he looks for first team football away from the Swans and Moore will no doubt be looking to invest any money from player sales and parachute payments back into his squad this summer.