Hammers star on Albion radar
West Bromwich Albion,
Steve Clarke's first job as West Brom boss could be to swoop for West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green on a Bosman free transfer.
Clarke was unveiled as Roy Hodgson's managerial replacement at the Hawthorns on Friday and he is already getting to work on filling several voids within the squad.
And, with last season's number one keeper Ben Foster, who has returned to Birmingham following the end of his loan stint, being heavily linked with a move to Premier League rivals QPR this summer, Clarke might have to cast his net elsewhere if he fails to strike a fresh deal for him.
An alternative could see him make a move for Green, who has confirmed he will leave the Hammers when his contract expires this summer despite helping Sam Allardyce's men get back to the Premier League at the first attempt last season.
However, a potential obstacle to that move would be the 32-year-old's wage demands given that he reportedly wanted £45,000-a-week to stay on at Upton Park.
But, with no transfer fee, it could be that Albion will pay out for Green to ensure they have a reliable custodian between the sticks for the new season which kicks off in August.
If Clarke does go for Green, he will have to wait to push through a deal as the player is currently part of the England squad at Euro 2012.