Defence

Where left-backs are concerned, Kieran Gibbs is good enough, but only when fit, which is a concern as he’s often sidelined now as his age catches up with him. It’s likely that Conor Townsend would be found out in the Premier League, so a player who can challenge for a first-team spot in the top tier is crucial.

Rico Henry

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Henry is an exciting young full-back and could be a great addition to the Premier League — hopefully in a Baggies shirt.

The 23-year-old is very attack-minded which means he’s often bursting forward down the flanks, but thanks to his natural pace, he can get back quickly to defend if he’s caught out. He could be a good option to compete with Gibbs. Whilst he does have a lack of experience in the top-tier, a player of his ability could swiftly acclimatise to the division under the right guidance.

Bendikt Howedes

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Howedes is a 32-year-old centre-back with vast experience which could serve the Baggies well in the Premier League. The former Germany international would surely love the opportunity to ply his trade in the England’s top flight before his career is through, and as a free agent, there is arguably little risk involved in signing him.

Domagoj Vida

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Yes, the one with the ponytail. This is another experienced defender who Slaven knows very well from his time in charge of the versatile player at international level with Croatia. Could be an interesting move, and Bilic could be very influential in the negotiation process.