West Bromwich Albion should try to sign in-demand McNair

West Bromwich Albion should consider making a move for Sunderland midfielder Paddy McNair, but they face competition from a handful of clubs.

What’s the word?

The Manchester United graduate has been attracting attention ever since Sunderland were relegated to League One.

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The 23-year-old, who can play in midfield or defence, signed for the Black Cats from United in 2016.

Last season, McNair made 16 appearances in the Championship, scoring five goals, and now it seems that he could be on the move.

On Monday, Sky Sports News reported that Middlesbrough had a bid in excess of £5m accepted by Sunderland for the Northern Ireland international after the North-East outfit rejected two lower offers from Brighton.

Should West Brom try to scupper the deal?

Darren Moore should certainly be keeping an eye on the situation as his midfield options need bolstering.

Both Claudio Yacob and James Morrison are leaving the club following relegation to the Championship.

McNair is good enough to compete in the second tier, and he would give the Baggies a different dynamic in the middle of the park.

The Irishman’s versatility could also be useful if he is required to step into the defensive line.

Even though McNair learned his trade in the echelons of Premier League football at United, he would probably be open to playing in the Championship, especially for a team who can realistically challenge for promotion.