West Bromwich Albion left-back Kieran Gibbs is the subject of surprise interest from Italian outfit Torino, according to Calcio Mercato.

What’s the story?

The report claims that former Arsenal defender Gibbs is on the radar of the Turin outfit as they look for improvements at left-back, but is not their first-choice target – that’s Junior Firpo of Real Betis.

It says that the deal would not be straight forward but it is achievable because the Baggies are open to letting the Englishman leave following their relegation to the Championship.

Elsewhere, 24-year-old Bristol City star Joe Bryan is reportedly attracting interest at home and abroad, with Wolves part of the chasing pack amid Barry Douglas being set to leave the club to join Leeds United.

WBA must attempt to muscle in

The Wolves project is obviously a hugely exciting one, but would represent a change of role for Bryan as he would be playing at wing-back at Molineux. Furthermore, Jonny Castro’s arrival may mean Bryan would be coming in as back-up.

If WBA sold Gibbs, Bryan would only face competition from players playing out of their natural position – right-back Allan Nyom and midfielder Chris Brunt – to slot in at left-back.

The permanent appointment of Darren Moore has returned the feel-good factor to the Hawthorns and they are well-placed to challenge for promotion; they have plenty to offer but there is stiff competition.

Sam Preston