In modern day football, players are always being linked to different clubs. This tends to be the work of their agents to try and spark some transfer activity. Just this summer, Albion were linked with Dimitri Payet and Shinji Kagawa, these rumours were wide of the mark. However, we take a look at players that Albion had genuine interest in and were close to bringing to the club.

As an Albion fan you’ll find this article both interesting and heart breaking. After reading some of the players that the club turned down you’ll kicking yourself, as we have Premier league and Champions League winners, over 300 Bundesliga goals and one Ballon d’Or winner all included in the side.

It is only fair to acknowledge Japanese goalkeeper Eji Kawashima who told various media outlets that “Everything is in place” for a move to The Baggies in 2011. A statement which left the club bemused as there was no interest in the player at all. So, unfortunately, Kawashima won’t be featuring in our team.