JOE LEDLEY is at the centre of a three-way Midlands battle to keep the Welsh international in the UK.
West Brom, Aston Villa and Derby County are all keen to land the 30-year-old midfielder who is a free agent after letting his Crystal Palace contract run down this summer.
Fellow Welshman Tony Pulis, still frustrated at losing skipper Darren Fletcher to Stoke, sees Ledley as the kind of seasoned pro who could step seamlessly into his midfield.
However Derby boss Gary Rowett would love to strengthen his promotion-seeking Rams with a proven Premier League performer.
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is also keeping one eye on Ledley’s situation if Stoke continue to play hardball over Glenn Whelan.