West Brom have approached Sunderland to clarify the conditions under which Phil Bardsley will be allowed to leave the Stadium of Light.
Roberto Di Matteo is in the market for a right-back and keeper this summer and Baggies' scouts are sounding out the former Manchester United trainee about a switch to the Black Country.
Bardsley is surplus to requirements on Wearside as Steve Bruce looks to tie up a deal for Alan Hutton, who has impressed since arriving on loan from Spurs.
That has left Bardsley kicking his heels as one member of a group that has been earmarked as part of a huge clear-out following the players brought in during Roy Keane's time in charge.
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