Scouts from Aston Villa, Everton and Chelsea joined West Brom in checking out highly-rated Bristol City defender Aden Flint on Tuesday.
The Baggies are seriously considering a summer swoop for the 24-year-old centre-back, who made his 100th consecutive start for the Championship club in their 1-1 home draw with Rotherham United.
Flint, who is over 6ft 5in tall, has been a model of consistency this season and looks to be exactly the sort of player who Tony Pulis would want in his back four.
Sunderland were thought to be West Brom’s main challengers for the ex-Swindon Town star’s signature but they might be in the same division as Bristol City next season and did not send a scout on Tuesday night.
Aston Villa were probably checking up on Flint’s defensive partner Nathan Baker, who will return to Villa Park from his loan spell at the end of the season.
But Everton and Chelsea could emerge as new contenders for his signature – particularly after Flint was compared to the Blues’ England centre-back Gary Cahill in recent press reports.
Both clubs look set to lose key defenders this summer with John Terry’s future up in the air and John Stones again likely to be targeted by high-profile clubs.