EXCLUSIVE by Pete O’Rourke
West Brom are ready to rival Celtic and Rangers for Iranian World Cup defender Milad Mohammadi, Football Insider sources understands.
Left-back Mohammadi has emerged on the radar of Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers this summer, but now West Brom are weighing up a move for the 24-year-old.
Mohammadi, who currently plies his trade in the Russian Premier League with Akhmat Grozny, made two appearances at the World Cup for Iran, both coming from off the bench against Spain and Portugal.
The 24-year-old who can play as a full-back or winger, has made 52 appearances for Akhmat Grozny since his arrival and his performances for club and country have brought him to the attention of a number of clubs across Europe.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to bolster his squad before the transfer window closes and he is keen to bring in some cover and competition for Kieran Tierney at left-back.
Rangers are also in the market for a new left-back as doubts continue to surround the long-term future of Lee Wallace with Jon Flanagan being played out of position at left-back so far this season by new Gers boss Steven Gerrard.
West Brom have now expressed an interest in Mohammadi as Darren Moore looks to build a squad capable of challenging for promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Mohammadi is entering the final year of his contract at Akhmat Grozny and although the Russian club value him at €3.5m (£3million) his suitors believe they can land him for a bargain fee due to his contract situation.