EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
West Brom have made an approach to sign Aston Villa defender Ritchie de Laet, Football Insider sources understands.
The Baggies are looking to bring in a new right-back before the loan transfer window closes at the end of the week and they have made enquiries about De Laet’s availability.
A well placed source has told Football Insider that Villa could face competition from Gent for de Laet’s signature with a Belgian club monitoring the former Manchester United defender’s situation at Villa.
The 29-year-old is well down the pecking order in Steve Bruce’s plans at Villa Park with his only appearance this season coming in the EFL Cup win over Yeovil.
The Belgian has made only 13 appearances for Villa since joining the club from Leicester City in the summer of 2016 with his progress held up by a series of injuries.
De Laet spent the second half of last season back in his homeland with Royal Antwerp where he made 18 appearances.
Bruce is well covered in the right-back position and he is willing to let de Laet go out on loan with an option to buy in January.
In other Aston Villa news, the club are close to sealing an attacking midfielder transfer.