French international midfielder Clement Grenier would arrive with a point to prove if he joins West Brom this month.
Football Insider has reported that the Baggies have launched an offer to bring the midfielder to the Premier League, with numerous top-flight clubs also keen to secure his signature this month.
Grenier is reportedly free to leave Rennes this month for nothing with the French club looking to cut costs.
The former Lyon man is a player who has routinely been linked with moves to England over the years, but a deal has never materialised.
Former Lyon manager Remi Garde said in a FourFourTwo report that it was clear to see that the player was ‘above average’ as soon as he broke onto the scene at the French club.
His staggering potential and impressive ability from set-pieces earned early comparisons to Lyon hero and free-kick specialist Juninho Pernambucano.
However, after failing to live up to expectations in France, Grenier has become one of those players who consistently see their name pop up during every transfer window, but no move to the Premier League ever appears to happen.
A nasty run of injuries throughout 2015 and 2016 that saw him miss nearly two seasons worth of football derailed what was once a promising career.
Since leaving Lyon, he has spent time with Roma, Guingamp and now Rennes, another club he looks set to leave in the not too distant future.
His struggles have continued at Rennes and by his own admission, this season has been ‘complicated’, with the midfielder often out of favour with the Ligue 1 club.
It all points to a career of ‘what ifs’ for Grenier, who once upon a time had so much expected of him in France.
He has never been able to truly realise his potential, nor has he ever had the chance to prove himself in England, despite long-term interest.
Scoring just 10 league goals over the last three and a half seasons, it remains to be seen if Grenier alone will be able to provide enough extra quality to keep the Baggies in the Premier League, but he should he complete a January move to the Hawthorns, he would certainly be arriving with a point to prove.
In other West Brom news, Sam Allardyce confirms West Brom interest in 28-year-old after two-goal haul on Saturday