IVANOVIC EXPECTED TO LEAVE WEST BROM
West Bromwich Albion defender Branislav Ivanovic is expected to leave the club this summer in what is going to be a clear-out at the club. West Brom signed Ivanovic last summer in a bid to make the veteran right-back a mainstay at the heart of the club's defense, but the plan seems not to be working and he may be topping the list of the players expected to leave the Hawthorns this coming summer.
The former Chelsea defender has been a poor signing and a flop for Albion this season and is considered way beyond his best days following a couple of woeful performances since his signing in the summer. He was initially brought in on a one-year contract, but as things stand, the club will not be triggering the option to extend it for a further year.
Russian side Spartak Moscow and Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk are said to be interested in capitalizing on his situation. in England and are both willing to offer him a one-year contract as they are convinced he can use his experience to have a smoother career in Russia.
In England, he has received offers from Crystal Palace and Wolves. A switch to Palace will see him reunite with former Chelsea teammate Gary Cahill who they both spent years together at Stamford Bridge before his transfer away from the Blues.
West Brom manager Sam Allardyce is now in the market for new right-back options and will dive deep into the summer transfer window to scout for potential replacements for Ivanovic and is reportedly Eyeing Palace's Nathaniel Clyne as the first option. He will, however, draft a list of second and third choices in case a move for Clyne fails to materialize.
Clyne will have to wait till West Brom retain their Premier League status before deciding whether he can sign for them.