Birmingham

Monk should abandon Bartley chase and look to bring £5.4m-rated Irish rock to St. Andrew’s

According to the Sun via the Birmingham Mail, Leeds are now facing competition from West Brom and Birmingham City in their pursuit of Swansea’s Kyle Bartley. 

Bartley looks to be seeking pastures new following being relegated with Swansea last season and finding himself behind the likes of Alfie Mawson, Federico Fernandez and Mike van der Hoorn in the pecking order.

If Bartley does call an end to his time at the Liberty Stadium this summer, then he looks sure to have plenty of options available to him. It’s easy to see why a return to Elland Road, where he enjoyed a successful loan spell in 2016/17, would be tempting.

It’s also obvious why both Birmingham and West Brom might be after him. Both sides are thin on the ground when it comes to centre-backs, and will be looking to bring in some fresh blood.

Clearly, there isn’t enough of Kyle Bartley to go around, and not all those who are after the 27-year-old will end up with him on their wage bill come August. 

This means that these clubs will also be looking out for alternative options should they fail to land Bartley this summer. 

Ciaran Clark

Newcastle’s Rep. of Ireland international could be that alternative option.

He may take some convincing to drop back down to the Championship, but having lost his place in the team to the sparkling form of Florian Lejeune and Jamaal Lascelles, and with the Magpie’s looking to strengthen further this summer, Mike Ashley and co may not be opposed to sanctioning the sale.

If anyone can convince Clark (who is valued at £5.4m by Transfermarkt) to make a move back down to the Championship then they’ll have landed themselves an experienced centre-back capable of potentially leading himself, and his new side, straight back up again. 

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