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West Brom: Valerien Ismael begins talks with Connor Goldson

West Bromwich Albion are interested in a deal to bring Connor Goldson to The Hawthorns.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a report by The Scottish Sun, who claim that Valerien Ismael’s Albion side, as well as Nottingham Forest, are in talks with the Rangers centre-back regarding a pre-contract deal, with the 29-year-old having been free to discuss terms with potential suitors since January 1 as his contract at Ibrox expires at the end of the season.

The report goes on to state that, despite the reigning Premiership champions being in talks with the defender regarding a new deal throughout the current campaign, the former Brighton & Hove Albion man looks certain to leave the light blues this summer, with Gers having already sealed Goldson’s replacement in John Souttar.

Would Goldson be a good signing for Albion?

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Goldson would solve a major issue

While it is true that Ismael currently has seven centre-backs in his first-team squad, the fact remains that, should West Brom go on to secure promotion to the Premier League this season, a number of the Baggies’ current options in the position will need upgrading upon.

Indeed, the performances of Cedric Kipre have been something of a problem for Albion this season with some claiming it’s inconceivable he’s still in the team, while Kean Bryan has also struggled to stake a claim on a starting spot in the Frenchman’s XI.

Furthermore, while Matt Clarke has been impressive when he has been fit – averaging a SofaScore rating of 6.89 – he will more than likely be heading back to Brighton upon the expiry of his loan deal this summer.

As such, it would seem a wise move for Ismael to address his issues at centre-back as quickly as possible, and, considering just how impressive Goldson has been during his three and a half year spell in Glasgow, the defender would very much appear to make an excellent addition to the Baggies’ backline.

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Indeed, over his 38 Premiership appearances last season, the £7.2m-rated centre-back helped his side keep an astonishing 26 clean sheets, as well as making an average of 0.9 interceptions, 1.3 tackles, three clearances and winning 6.8 duels – at a success rate of 71% – per game.

The player who Steven Gerrard dubbed “outstanding” also chipped in for his side in an attacking capacity, scoring four goals, providing two assists and creating two big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 1.1 shots and making 0.5 key passes per fixture.

These returns saw the £27k-per-week defender earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.39, ranking him as the club’s third-best performer in the league last time out.

As such, it would indeed appear as if Goldson would be a fantastic signing for Ismael to get over the line this winter, particularly as the 29-year-old would not cost West Brom a penny in transfer fees.

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