Jason Davidson has reportedly sparked interest from West Bromwich Albion following a string of solid displays for Australia at the 2014 World Cup.
Davidson played in all three Group B matches for the Socceroos and although his side came away from the tournament empty-handed, the left-back has held preliminary talks with the Baggies.
Australia's left-back conundrum
The Melburnian got the nod from Ange Postecoglou to fill the troublesome hole in the left-side of Australia's defence – a position that looked extremely vulnerable in the weeks prior to the tournament in Brazil.
Davidson and his defensive colleagues exceeded all expectations and produced one solid performance after another, however, keeping the likes of Arjen Robben and Alexis Sanchez in check during three daunting encounters with the most dangerous attacking forces in world football; Chile, the Netherlands and Spain.
Davidson: Free agent or not?
But following a brave albeit disappointing group stage exit for his nation, the 23-year-old, who has 10 senior caps to his name, is supposedly a free agent having left Heracles Almelo after two years with the Dutch Eredivisie side.
Transfer gossip is nothing foreign to Davidson, though. While forging a reputation as a versatile utility man with Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira, he caught the eye of scouts from domestic giants Sporting Lisbon and Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart.
A long-term ankle injury cut short his steady rise to prominence and interest in his services consequently fizzled out. However, Davidson bounced back to establish to himself as a reliable attacking left-back in the Heracles first team and went on to make nearly 50 appearances.
West Brom are in the market for a steady full-back in the mould of Davidson and have also been linked with Fulham’s Kieran Richardson and Aaron Cresswell, who has instead opted to join West Ham from Ipswich Town.
Premier League-bound Socceroos
Davidson was not the only Socceroo to receive attention from a number of high-profile sources in the wake of Australia’s bold 2014 World Cup campaign.
Adam Taggart, who plays alongside the defender at international level, recently joined Fulham on a three-year deal from Australia A-League club Newcastle Jets.
The 21-year-old striker has scored three times for his country at senior level and banged in 16 goals for the New South Wales club to clinch the Golden Boot last season.
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