Steven Reid ready to sign West Brom deal after all.
The popular 32-year-old utility man is a target for Premier League new-boys Crystal Palace while at least three Championship clubs have registered their interest in the player. Reid’s old club Millwall are believed to have joined Doncaster and Ipswich in checking on his plans.
But the former Ireland international is now “hopeful” that a new deal can be struck with the Baggies to extend his stay.
Reid is in talks after failing to trigger the remaining year on his previous contract following an injury-aggravated 12 months at the club.
Head coach Steve Clarke will be relieved if a deal can be struck as it could be one less position for him to worry about this summer when a significant turnover of players is anticipated.
And that search is still being influenced by the recommendations of former sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth.
“Dan’s input over the last 10 years at the club is there for anyone to see,” said Clarke. “The list of transfer targets is endless. I could provide you with sheets and sheets of paper with names that could be possible targets for the club.
"But then there are a lot of factors that determine how and when you get to the final pick.
“I enjoy the system. It worked well last summer with Dan in place and hopefully it will work just as well this summer with Richard in place.
“It’s obviously a little bit different for Richard because it’s his first year in the job and he’s learning as he goes along, but it’s a good system and one that more and more clubs are using. If more clubs start to see that it can give you some success than I think other clubs will go down that road.”http://www.expressandstar.com/sport/west-bromwich-albion-fc/2013/06/14/steven-reid-ready-to-sign-west-brom-deal-after-all/