Hawthorns boss wants Villa Park free-agent.
West Bromwich Albion have made an offer for Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker and are confident of securing his signature.
The 26-year-old is a free-agent after his contract expired last month and is free to talk to other clubs.
A host of clubs from England and Europe had hoped to sign the former England U21 international but the Baggies are now in pole position to sign him, according to Sky Sports.
Paris St Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli and Valencia are all interested in Reo-Coker but he is believed to prefer to stay in England.
Fulham, Stoke City, Swansea City and Sunderland have all enquired but no offer has yet been forthcoming.
West Brom manager wants to add more quality and depth to his midfield and believes the former West Ham United will signal his intent.
Meanwhile Reo-Coker’s Aston Villa team-mate Stewart Downing is willing to hand in a transfer request to force his move to Liverpool.
Villa boss Alex McLeish will replace the 26-year-old with Wigan Athletic’s Charles N’Zogbia with a £10million bid likely to prove enough for the Latics to sell.