By Wayne Veysey

16th Jul, 2018 | 10:58am

Exclusive: West Brom line up bid for Huddersfield 27-year-old

EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

West Bromwich Albion have made enquiries about signing Huddersfield Town defender Michael Hefele and are ready to table a formal bid, Football Insider sources understand.

West Brom boss Darren Moore is looking to bolster his defensive options this summer having lost Jonny Evans to Leicester and seen Gareth McAuley leave when his contract expired.

The Baggies also face the prospect of losing Craig Dawson and Ahmed Hegazi before the close of the transfer window and Moore is keen to bring in reinforcements.

A well-placed source has told Football Insider that German centre-back Hefele has emerged on West Brom’s radar and the Baggies have made enquiries to Huddersfield about his availability.

Hefele found himself down the pecking order at Huddersfield last season, making just six appearances all campaign and the permanent signing of last season’s loan star Terence Kongolo has further increased competition for places in David Wagner’s side.

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The 27-year-old was a key member of the Huddersfield side that won promotion to the Premier League in the 2016/17 season and West Brom feel his experience would be a valuable addition to their side next season as they look to challenge for promotion from the Championship.

Hefele is entering the final year of his contract at Huddersfield and West Brom are ready to test their resolve to keep hold of the powerful centre-back by firming up their interest with an offer.

In other West Brom transfer news, the club have made a SHOCK move to sign an attacking player from one of their bitter rivals.