Alex Bruce claims that joining Stoke City would be a “great move” for West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt when he leaves the Hawthorns this summer.

The former Hull and Leeds defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits it was “inevitable” the 35-year-old would be linked with the Potters with ex-Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill in charge.

The Express and Star report that Stoke have held talks over handing Brunt an initial 12-month deal this summer.

Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill

Having reportedly missed out joining the Potters in January, Brunt said that he “made no secret of the fact that I enjoyed playing under Michael (O’Neill)”.

Bruce believes that Stoke need to improve this summer after an indifferent season and suggests the West Brom veteran could bring some much-needed experience and quality.

Bruce told Football Insider: “That will be inevitable, he’ll be linked to them with the Michael O’Neill connection and Northern Ireland. 

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“It would be a great move for him if he could go to a club like Stoke. They need to improve massively from where they’ve been with the level of player they’ve got in the squad. They should be achieving a lot more than what they have this season.

“Michael O’Neill’s turned it around a little bit from where they were when they took over and adding someone like Chris Brunt, with his experience and his know-how, might not be a bad option.” 

Brunt, who has been at West Brom since 2007, has played nine times for the Baggies across all competitions this season.

Of his 65 international appearances for Northern Irelan, 29 came during O’Neill’s time in charge.

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