West Brom are finally closing in on the signing of Benfica midfielder Filip Krovinovic after weeks and months of negotiations.

Slaven Bilic confirmed on Thursday that he expects the Croatian to return to the Hawthorns by the end of the week in a straight loan switch.

The Baggies have already brought in Conor Gallagher on loan and were also interested in Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham.

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Krovinovic finally completing his switch is the good news, but the bad outcome is it could halt the progress of another potential deal.

The Glasgow Evening Times has reported that the Krovinovic deal has thrown a “spanner in the works” of their pursuit of Ntcham.

Reporting on their website, the Scottish outlet claimed that it could even bring a halt to the Albion potentially sealing a move for the Frenchman.

Premier League rivals Southampton are also said to be interested, with a move to the Saints much more likely in this window.

It was reported by Football Insider that the Baggies were chasing the last-gasp signing of Ntcham, with less than two weeks left to go.

That report claimed that it would cost West Brom £12million – something that makes the move highly unlikely.

With Krovinovic arriving in a matter of days, all hands on deck will be on signing a new striker at the Hawthorns.

Huddersfield’s Karlan Grant remains the top priority, although a strange link with Emmanuel Adebayor has recently arisen – time will tell.

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