By Dominic Toner
West Brom will make a move for defender Ciaran Clark if they need more cover, according to a report.
Clark is contracted with Villa until 2020 but could be tempted with an immediate return to the Premier League.
The Birmingham Mail report that West Brom manager Tony Pulis is an admirer of the 26-year-old, but will only move for him if he feels his side need more defensive options.
Current West Brom defender James Chester is linked with a move away from the Hawthorns after excelling for Wales as a centre-back at Euro 2016, but was deployed by his club side 19 times last season as a left-back.
According to the Telegraph, Clark has a £5million release clause in his contract which could be activated to sign the centre-back.
The defender had a fringe role in Villa’s wretched season that ended with a bottom-placed Premier League finish and relegation, making just 18 appearances in the competition.
Clark is one of the club’s longest-serving players after joining the Villa academy at the age of 11.
He has gone on to make 159 first-team appearances for the club in all competitions, 134 of which have come in the Premier League.
The centre-back has featured 18 times for the Republic of Ireland and played twice at Euro 2016, as they progressed from a difficult Group E which consisted of Belgium, Italy and Sweden.
Clark is set to battle for a starting place in the Villa defence against Jores Okore, Joleon Lescott, Nathan Baker and new signing Tommy Elphick who joined from Bournemouth for £3million.
New manager Roberto Di Matteo is preparing his side for their first taste of the Championship this season, after the club were relegated from the top flight for the first time since 1987.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Bristol City have rejected a £5million bid for their striker.