Wanted man Scott Sinclair was due at the Hawthorns today for a medical and to talk terms over a loan switch to West Brom.
The Baggies were always confident they were in pole position to land the Manchester City winger despite late interest from Premier League rivals Southampton.
And head coach Steve Clarke wants another wide option in his squad before the September 2 transfer deadline, with France international Morgan Amalfitano still high on the shortlist.
West Brom continued negotiations with Manchester City to strike a deal for Sinclair and, while talks lasted longer than expected, they look like landing their man.
The move is expected to be a season-long loan for a fee of around £2m with the Baggies paying the majority of his £60,000-a-week wage.
It's as yet unclear whether there is a firm commitment to a permanent switch next summer.
The Baggies have a chance of completing a deal before Saturday’s trip to Everton and defender Liam Ridgewell is keen for a Hawthorns reunion with his former Blues team-mate.
Ridgewell, who teamed up with Sinclair at St Andrew’s during the winger’s 14-game spell with Blues in 2009, said: "He came on loan from Chelsea for a while before he signed for Swansea.
“He is quick and direct and has developed into a very good player. With any luck, we might be able to get him. It would be great to have him down here.
“The squad we had last year has lost players and we have not replaced them.”
Amalfitano, of Marseille, is a potential target with Clarke believing his side needs more than one new loan option. But the Baggies will not pursue Marko Arnautovic, of Werder Bremen.
They held discussions with the Austria international’s representatives but have opted against making a move for the colourful forward, who is valued at around £3million.