IVANOVIC LINKED WITH A MOVE TO CHINA
West Bromwich Albion defender Branislav Ivanovic is currently attracting interest from a host of clubs in China and looks almost certain to leave the Hawthorns at the end of the current campaign. The veteran Premier League defender has mostly been a liability for the Baggies this season and has not been able to justify the reason for the club choosing to sign him in the last summer's transfer window.
West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce proposed the signing of the former Chelsea defender to the Baggies board last summer at a time when the club were conceding a lot of goals and needed the presence of an experienced defender to shore things up at the back. Following the signing of Ivanovic, everyone at the club thought they had found their perfect defender and the best option they could get at that moment, but the reverse has been the case.
The Serbian right-back looks way past his best and has been faulted for some of the goals the team has conceded this season due to a couple of defensive errors .That being said, it was reported some weeks ago that he would be leaving the Baggies when his deal expires this summer and it was reported that he would be heading to the Australian league or the United States Major League Soccer.
Since then, clubs like Western Sydney Wanderers, Central Coast Mariners, Adelaide United (all Australian teams) and New York Red Bulls , New York City FC, Atlanta United (all United States teams) have all been linked with a move for him. And now the latest reports are suggesting that clubs from the Chinese Super League have joined the race for his signature. The interested clubs are not named yet, but it looks like his time at West Brom will be over this summer.