West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has admitted that his side are monitoring the availability of Chelsea legend and captain John Terry.
The 36-year-old seasoned defender has struggled to break into the Blues starting XI this campaign since the arrival of Antonio Conte – only featuring five times in the Premier League.
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The ex-Italy international boss focused his summer recruitment on solidifying the London club’s defence – with the arrival of former player David Luiz from Paris Saint-Germain and Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina.
The 47-year-old has also implemented the system of three central defenders between two attacking wing-backs, rather than the flat back-four of previous regimes.
This change of tactics, alongside the acquisition of new talent, has meant the former England international seems somewhat surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
Also, with the Chelsea hierarchy delaying on the decision of issuing the 36-year-old a renewal of contract – a deal that expires this summer, the end of Terry’s 18-year-career in southwest London could well be near.
If the Blues academy graduate was to become available at the end of this season there would be a horde of clubs from around the globe trying to secure his services – including West Brom.
The Baggies contacted the Premier League leaders during January regarding their star-man’s circumstances and manager Pulis has continued to survey his availability.
“I’ve always thought he was a good player,” the 59-year-old told Sky Sports.
“It (January’s enquiry) was just finding out what the situation was and then it was whether we moved on it or we didn’t.
“There was more than one player we enquired about in January. You’ve mentioned John, but there was most probably three or four others of that ilk that we were enquiring about – and I think enquiry is the word.
“There was no approach made, it was just finding out what the situation was, and the situation was that John wanted to stay at Chelsea.
“I think he wanted to be there and stay there and be part of going out as a champion.
“If he becomes available in the summer we’ll sit down then and have a little think about what we’ve got and what we haven’t got and then we’ll take it from there.”