Wed. Aug 4th, 2021

West Brom boss Slaven Blilic is confident of signing former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic – and the deal could even be completed on Friday.

The 36-year-old, who can play at full-back or centre-back, is a free agent after leaving Russian side Zenit St Petersburg in the summer.

Ivanovic is undergoing a medical at the club and Bilic said: “Hopefully it will be done later. He ticks all the boxes for us.

“First of all he will add quality, also his experience on the pitch and off the pitch. So it is not only him, it is him plus the influence he will have on not just defenders but the whole team around him.

“That’s why we targeted him as one of our prime targets.”

Ivanovic is best remembered for his nine-year stint at Chelsea, where he won three Premier League titles and the Champions League.

Chelsea also lifted the FA Cup on three occasions and the Europa League during the Serbia star’s time in west London.

Grant left out 

Meanwhile, Huddersfield Town striker Karlan Grant has been left out of Huddersfield’s squad for their Championship opener with Norwich City.

The striker is believed to be Bilic’s top attacking target with the club first registering their interest in the January transfer window.

Huddersfield Town boss Carlos Corberan issued a damning statement regarding Grant’s immediate future at The John Smith’s Stadium.

“I think the situation with Karlan Grant is exactly the same situation as we had last week,” Corberan told YorkshireLive, “because he’s a player that we think has a lot of options to not continue with us.

“I prefer to be focused now on the players that we are going to have in the league.”

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