West Brom have been boosted in their pursuit of Alvaro Negredo after the Spaniard revealed his desire to remain in the Premier League.
A clutch of European clubs are chasing the 31-year-old striker following his impressive season at Middlesbrough.
Although his ten goals were unable to help Boro survive the drop, the veteran has returned from his Riverside loan spell back to Valencia with his reputation enhanced.
West Brom are believed to be considering making a swoop for the forward as Tony Pulis attempts to bolster his squad this summer.
The Manchester City title-winner is also wanted by Turkish giants Galatasaray and Greek side AEK Athens as La Liga outfit Valencia attempt to get him off their wage bill.
However, according to the hitman’s agent Juanma Lopez, he has no intention of going to Greece.
And he is keen “to continue competing in a top league” with the English top-flight being his preference.
That has handed the initiative to the Baggies, who could even prepare to make a move this week.
Negredo posted a heartfelt farewell message to Boro’s supporters last month after his departure from the club.
He wrote on Twitter: “Today I say goodbye to you, to a great club and of course to the amazing fans.
“I say goodbye with the serenity of someone who has given his all in every training session, in every game.
“I go with the sadness of leaving the club in a place it doesn’t deserve and with the certainty that you will go back where you belong – the Premier League.
“I wouldn’t want to end this without thanking everyone, employees, teammates, staff and fans for all your support, for your trust and for making me feel at home since the first day. Thank you. AN.”