West Brom are set to tie James Morrison down to a new contract and deny Middlesbrough the chance of re-signing him on a free transfer.
The 30-year-old had been linked with a return to the Riverside Stadium as negotiations over an improved deal appeared to be making little progress in the closing weeks of last season.
But reports now claim that talks have reached an advanced stage with both parties edging closer to an agreement.
The contract renewal could be announced next week just days before Morrison is set to become a free agent and it is understood a new deal will significantly improve his current salary.
Morrison is the longest serving current player at West Brom, who are 7/4 with Titanbet to be relegated, having joined the Baggies from Middlesbrough in August 2007 for £1.5 million.
The Scotland international ruptured his hamstring against Chelsea in January and missed the rest of the season, putting the brakes on contract talks.
But they restarted when he returned to fitness towards the end of the campaign and featured for Albion’s under-21s.