West Brom fear losing out on signing Ahmed Hegazi – even though they have an option to buy him at the end of the season.
Defender Hegazi has made a big impact at The Hawthorns this season after joining the club on loan for the year from Al Ahly.
As part of that deal the Baggies have an option in place that allows them to buy the 26-year-old next summer for £4.4million.
But even though the club are now keen to activate that clause, they fear they could still miss out on signing him.
Hegazi’s form has caught the attention of other clubs in the Premier League, and the Mail say Leicester are one of the sides who have shown major interest.
And though West Brom have an agreement with Al Ahly, it does not guarantee that the payer will automatically sign for them.
If the defender chooses to reject the move, Al Ahly would then be free to negotiate with other clubs.
So if Leicester, and others, decide to make their move there would be little West Brom could do to stop them.
The centre-back has become a key player for the club this season, starting all 14 of their Premier League games.
His partnership with Jonny Evans has gone well and new boss Alan Pardew wants to build on that base going forward.
But Pardew may find he has to battle to convince both that their long-term future are with the midlands club.
Northern Ireland star Evans is still being tracked by Manchester City, who failed with a late bid to sign him in the summer transfer window.
Now City could return with another offer next month when the window re-opens – though they could face competition from Arsenal.
Both clubs have been monitoring his displays this season and could make an offer hard for West Brom to reject in January.