Darren Moore

West Brom eyeing move for Crystal Palace’s Joel Ward

West Brom are eyeing a loan move for Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward as they look to bolster their defence in their fight for promotion, according to The Sun.

Experienced defender

Ward began his career with League one outfit, Portsmouth.

The right-back played 96 games for Portsmouth, in which he scored six and assisted five.

Ward also enjoyed a loan spell at Bournemouth while at Portsmouth, during which time he played 24 games and scored one goal.

The 28-year-old would then be sold to his current club, Crystal Palace in July of 2012 for a fee of around £585,000.

Ward has since played 206 games for Palace, scoring four and assisting nine in that time.

Now, however, his chances of first-team football at Palace are decreasing and as a result, Ward could be set for a loan move to West Brom.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton at Selhurst Park on September 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Relegated

West Brom had an absolute nightmare 2017/18 season. The Baggies sacked Tony Pulis early on in the season and replaced him with ex-Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.

However, Pardew’s appointment proved to be deadly for West Brom. They would finish the season dead bottom of the Premier League in 20th place.

They would also score just 31 goals in 38 league games. Pardew was sacked before the end of the season and Darren Moore put in charge for the remainder of the campaign.

Moore taking over at West Brom would prove to be a real success. While in charge of the Baggies Moore beat the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham and lost just once.

Sadly, the damage had already been done and despite Moore’s best efforts, West Brom were relegated.

As a result, West Brom are having to rebuild their squad this summer with Joel Ward looking to be their latest addition.

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