Wolverhampton Wanderers are ready to raid local rivals West Bromwich Albion when the Baggies drop into the Championship next season.
The Birmingham Mail reports 27-year-old central defender Craig Dawson is the target of Nuno Espirito-Santo as he looks to strengthen his squad on the club’s return to the Premier League.
Speculation is rife that Dawson and defensive partner Jonny Evans, 30, will be among those players who depart the Hawthorns this summer, keen to retain their Premier League status.
Competition is hotting up for the defender with West Ham United and Burnley watching him while Middlesbrough are believed to be keen on Dawson, if they achieve promotion via the playoffs.
Several of the Baggies squad are expected to leave with Jay Rodriguez, Salomon Rondon and Kieran Gibbs among the leading lights looking to stay in the top flight.
Without a manager in place, the tough job of persuading players to stay is made tougher.
Despite another win, this time 1 – 0 at Newcastle United, West Brom are almost certainly doomed with two games remaining.
The miraculous turn of events has tempted caretaker boss Darren Moore to apply for the manager’s job. Although he admitted he is “living the dream”, he prefers the coaches role behind the scenes.