Sam Allardyce is close to making Robert Snodgrass his first signing at West Bromwich Albion.
Allardyce is working on a number of short-term deals and expects to complete the capture of the Scotland international before the weekend.
Snodgrass has appeared for just four minutes in three appearances as a substitute at West Ham this season and is poised to have a medical with Albion in the next 48 hours.
The winger appeals to West Brom as he has vast Premier League experience, something Allardyce believes is lacking in the current squad since his appointment last month.
It is understood Snodgrass will leave West Ham for a minimal fee as his contract expires at the end of this season.
Allardyce is also targeting Leicester’s defensive midfielder Hamza Choudhury and will move to free up finance by listening to offers for Charlie Austin and Kamil Grosicki.
Filip Krovinovic, the midfielder on loan from Benfica by former Albion manager Slaven Bilic, will also be allowed to go. PAOK and Nottingham Forest have shown interest.
Funds are limited, however, so moves for players who will cost in excess of £2 million are rated as seriously doubtful.
Allardyce said: “Where you’ll find the players is the hard bit. It’s always been extremely hard in the January window, when I was at Crystal Palace, Sunderland, Blackburn and even Everton.
“I think it’s even more difficult with this pandemic but we’ll try and have a look around. We have to get a player that is better than we already have.
“There are plenty of players around but are those players going to bring anything to the first-team almost immediately, and that’s what makes it a difficult job.”
Allardyce has lost three of his four matches since replacing Bilic, with the club in the relegation zone.
West Brom face Blackpool in the FA Cup this weekend.