West Brom have submitted an offer for Stade Rennes midfielder Clement Grenier, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The 30-year-old, who has six months left on his contract at the French club, is available on a free transfer this month.
Rennes are one of a number of European clubs looking to cut costs in the new year having seen their revenue significantly decrease as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
A number of other Premier League clubs are also in the hunt for the 5-times France international.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that the Baggies are trying to steal a march on their rivals by tabling a contract offer to Grenier.
The centre-midfielder has been in fine form of late, his last four league appearances yielding two goals and an assist, including a fine strike in a 2-2 draw with Lyon yesterday.
He has made 14 appearances in total this season, five of which have come in the Champions League.
A product of the Lyon academy, Grenier has spent his whole career in France bar a short loan spell at AS Roma in 2017.
He is known for being a dead-ball specialist, an attribute that will appeal to recently-appointed Baggies boss Sam Allardyce.
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Allardyce completed his first signing of the window on Friday, the club confirming the capture of Robert Snodgrass from West Ham on an 18-month contract.
The West Midlands club are also in the hunt for a centre-half and a striker this January.