Albion were today considering a bid for £6m-rated Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass after they rejected a second offer from Derby for wantaway George Thorne.
The Baggies are keeping tabs on Snodgrass amid rumours that the Scotland international will leave Carrow Road this summer.
And they have again told the Rams that Thorne is not for sale after turning down a bid of more than £1m last night.
Reports that the Baggies have entered talks with the Canaries over a deal for Snodgrass are premature, with Hawthorns officials yet to make their interest official.
But the 26-year-old Glaswegian is one of the players on the club’s summer watchlist as they look to rebuild their squad following a dismal 2013-14 campaign.
Any concrete move could throw Albion into another transfer tussle with Hull after they beat the Tigers to the signature of defender Jolean Lescott.
Steve Bruce is keen to take Snodgrass to Humberside after agreeing a deal with Tottenham for the permanent signing of Jake Livermore, who impressed on loan last season.
But the Baggies are seriously considering a rival offer after Snodgrass caught their eye despite Norwich’s relegation last season.
Derby had an initial £950,000 offer rejected earlier this month for Thorne, who is keen to move to the iPro Stadium after a successful five-month loan stint last season.