Chelsea connection sees West Brom favourites for James Ashton

West Bromwich Albion are regarded as favourites for free agent James Ashton.

West Bromwich Albion are regarded as favourites for free agent James Ashton.

The Express & Star says West Brom are one of a host of clubs who have been linked to former Chelsea midfielder Ashton, 20, after his January released from the Blues.

Baggies boss Steve Clarke is aware of the player from his time at Stamford Bridge but Premier League rivals Sunderland are also interested in a move.

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