West Bromwich Albion defender Kyle Bartley is out of contract at the end of the season and is being eyed up by a club fighting for survival in the Premier League, according to the latest reports.
The Baggies are currently sitting fifth in the Championship but a 2-0 defeat away at Norwich City has left the side’s security in the playoff places in limbo. West Brom are clinging on to their spot in the top six by just three points, although they also have a superior goal difference to Hull City in seventh.
Carlos Corberan’s side have also been quite solid defensively this season which has made up for the lack of goals at times. The Midlands club have the third-best defensive record in England’s second tier, while goalkeeper Alex Palmer has the most clean sheets in the division with 12 in total.
One player who has been a vital component of West Brom’s backline this term is the experienced Bartley. The former Leeds United loanee has made 25 appearances in all competitions for West Bromwich Albion this season and has even chipped in with two league goals.
However, it is now being reported by The Telegraph that the 32-year-old is a January transfer target for relegation-threatened top-flight side Luton Town as head coach Rob Edwards is hoping to shore up his defence amid a tense battle for survival in the Premier League.
Bartley has a wealth of experience in the top tier, having played 51 times in total in the competition across spells at The Hawthorns and with Swansea City.
It was reported during the summer that West Bromwich Albion were looking to terminate the contract of Bartley but the centre-back has stuck around to become one of Corberan’s most important players as the side fight for promotion.
Nevertheless, with the player having entered into the last six months of his deal with the Baggies, the club may be willing to accept an offer from Luton to avoid losing Bartley for nothing at the end of the campaign.