West Bromwich Albion still have no intention of selling Nacer Chadli, but are lining up a replacement in case Swansea make an offer too good to refuse.
Swansea are soon to be in the money with Gylfi Sigurdsson edging closer to a £50 million move to Everton after passing a medical with the Merseyside club.
Swans boss Paul Clement is likely to plough a portion of the proceeds into an ambitious bid for Chadli, whom Swansea tried to sign last summer.
Last month, Pulis declared Chadli was not for sale and the message from West Brom remains the same.
Albion have, however, drawn up a list of targets to pursue if Swansea make an offer that can’t be rejected.
It’s thought Swansea will have to stump up £25 million for Albion to even consider selling.
West Brom’s valuation is only going to grow between now and transfer deadline day with the window to sign a replacement drawing ever smaller.
Chadli, who triggered a series of add-ons last season taking his transfer fee closer to £18 million, was left on the bench during the opening weekend win over Bournemouth.
But Tony Pulis insists the Belgian is a big part of his plans.
The pair have moved on from their summer squabble, when Chadli refused to attend the training camp in Austria, and Pulis is keen for him to stay.
“There’s no problem with Nacer,” Pulis said last week.
“You have your ups and downs like every family, but Nacer has trained hard and he’s worked well.
“It’s been publicised that Swansea are interested in Nacer – if they are, we’ll deal with Swansea.
“At the moment Nacer is with us and I hope he stays with us.”
Pulis is not adverse to a last-minute shopping spree.
And the former Stoke and Crystal Palace manager has not ruled out another frantic finale to this transfer window.
“You never know. I just hope we can do the business that we’re trying to do,” he said.
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“We’re looking to bring some good players in.
“I know where I am, I’ve been managing clubs at the bottom end of it financially for years.
“I know how it happens, you just wait.
“We’ve got targets, we’ll get them in the next two weeks, and we need to.
“The team needs to be given a lift, everyone does, the team, the supporters.”
Source : BirminghamMail