Steve Bruce puts West Brom’s Jake Livermore at top of Aston Villa wanted list, according to the Sun.
Steve Bruce has put West Bromwich Albion’s Jake Livermore at the top of his Aston Villa wanted list – should the Villans win promotion this season.
Livermore, 28, looks certain to go down with West Brom after getting cut adrift at the foot of the table.
But he is among the players who are attracting interest from clubs who want to keep him in the top flight.
Livermore is in Gareth Southgate’s plan for the Uefa Nations League next season and will expect his players to be playing top-flight.
The Three Lions boss was impressed with Livermore’s dedication after he cancelled a family holiday to answer a call-up earlier in the season.
Livermore has now earned seven caps for England since his 2012 debut.
He has also played in 29 of West Brom’s 33 Premier League games this term, as they sit ten points adrift of the relegation zone.
Bruce signed Livermore at Hull and helped him through his failed drug test, when he took cocaine to cope with grief following the death of his new-born child.
He wants to add quality to his squad for the Premier League and should also get Livermore for around the £10million West Brom paid, as they will look to trim their squad for the Championship.
The 57-year-old has already linked up with three of his former Hull players – James Chester, Ahmed Elmohamady and Robert Snodgrass – at Aston Villa.
Chester also arrived at Villa Park via West Brom, although he is the only one not to have been signed by Bruce.