At one point last summer, it appeared that West Brom were set to break their club-record transfer fee by bringing in Ignacio Camacho from Malaga for a reported €18m.

The midfielder was keen on the move and had his heart set on playing in the Premier League but for one reason or another, the deal was unable to be completed.

Having been denied his dream transfer, Camacho was promised a new and improved contract by Malaga in order to smooth things over between the two parties, but, now nearly a year later, he’s still yet to put pen-to-paper on a new deal.

Malaga manager Michel, as quoted by Malaga Hoy, is fearing the real possibility of losing his leader in Camacho once the transfer window opens again.

“Camacho is a real leader here and if he leaves we would have to invent another leader. We would lose a player like him both ion and off the pitch.”

The 27-year-old Spain international still has a €18m release clause in his contract, a figure that West Brom were unwilling to meet in full to get the deal done last summer.

Having been promised sizeable investment this summer, Tony Pulis may be persuaded to go back in for the midfielder he targeted for much of the summer transfer window last year.

Safe in the knowledge that personal terms should be easy to agree seeing as a deal was struck with the player last summer, the Baggies have a realistic target lying in wait should they want him.