West Brom are reportedly ready to test Aston Villa’s determination to hold on to striker Jordan Ayew.
New Albion chairman John Williams has held his first meeting with club staff to discuss strategy over the coming weeks in the time remaining before the transfer window shuts.
The new Chinese owners know they must act fast to secure the additions head coach Tony Pulis needs to ensure he hits his first target of 40 points.
A new striker is a priority and, after the Baggies pulled the plug on a £16million club-record deal for Diafra Sakho last week, Ayew is now near the top of the list.
But they are preparing to face strong resistance from Villa who are not keen to sell the Ghana international.
Villa have already rejected an £8m bid for Ayew from German club Hamburg.
The Baggies are also believed to be eyeing up 23-year-old Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac as a potential new left-back.