Nigel Clough is set to strengthen his Burton Albion squad with the signature of Cheltenham Town midfielder Ryan Broom in the January transfer window.
Clough is looking to make a move for the impressive Broom once the window opens. The twenty-two-year-old’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season after joining the Robins from Bristol Rovers in the summer on a one year contract.
Broom has turned in some eye-catching performances during a recent run of improved results under the management of Michael Duff, who lamented the life of a lower-league manager when asked about interest in his players in January, “That’s just football. You start winning games and people start taking an interest, whether that’s supporters or other teams. It’s a by-product of us doing well so the challenge is to keep doing it. If someone comes in with the right price and we think we’ll take the money as we are a selling club and we are a small club, it’s part and parcel of football.”
Currently out with a hamstring injury, the versatile Wales-born midfielder has attracted the attention of Clough with some standout displays in his 28 appearances for Cheltenham, playing in a variety of positions across the middle of the park and wing-back, contributing four goals and four assists.
However, any move by the Brewers would have to be attractive for both the player and Cheltenham, with the Robins keen to keep hold of Broom and tie him to the club on a longer-term contract.
Unfortunately for Cheltenham supporters, if the money is right and the player is attracted by a step up in standard it would make sense for the club to sell and hopefully allow Duff to use the money to improve the squad. For The Brewers, the player would offer versatility and depth to a squad which, despite a brilliant Carabao Cup run, has disappointed in the League so far.