John Hartson is understood to be interested in a move to The Hawthorns - despite being upset that Celtic have accepted a bid from West Bromwich Albion.
Bryan Robson, the Albion manager, has agreed a #500,000 deal with Celtic to sign the former Wales international and the player, who spent six months with Coventry City in 2001, would welcome a return to the West Midlands.
Hartson was last night discussing his future with his agent, Jonathan Barnett, after being told that he has no future with Celtic.
Hartson, aged 31, is "shocked and disappointed" that Celtic have accepted the Albion offer. He wanted to remain at Parkhead to see out the remaining year of his contract.
However, speculation is rife that Hartson is looking to buy a house in Stratford, which would make it easy for him to attend training with Albion in Walsall and travel to see his family in south Wales.
But other clubs will seek to sign Hartson, whose experience at all levels of the game makes him an attractive signing.
Robson last night would go no farther than confirm that he was interested in signing Hartson. The player himself is still reeling that he is being forced out of Celtic.
"I had no intention or desire to leave the club this summer and I would like the fans to know that," Hartson said. "I've had things to resolve in my private life but I felt I had sorted everything out.
"I've retired from international football to give myself more time to see my kids and I was totally focused on going back to Celtic and trying to help the club reclaim the title and make a real push in the Champions' League.
"I love the club so much, in fact, I'd spoken to friends recently about staying on for another year and ending my career in Glasgow but now this happens. It has knocked me for six.
"All I can do now is discuss with my agent what happens next and I'll do that in the coming days but right now I need some time to digest what has just happened. It has come as a bombshell."
Hartson scored six goals in 12 Premiership matches for Coventry during the latter stages of the 2000-01 season. He joined Celtic for #6 million in August 2001 and has been a revelation in Scotland, scoring 88 goals in 146 Scottish Premier League matches.
But Gordon Strachan, the Celtic manager under whom Hartson played at Coventry, wants to use younger players in a bid to bring European success to Parkhead.
Albion want Hartson to spearhead their bid for success in the Coca-Cola Championship next season. It was a lack of goals that proved to be Albion's undoing last season and his record clearly appeals to Robson.
To witness Zoltan Gera perform so impressively for Hungary against England on Tuesday night, you would not think that he now earns his living in the Coca-Cola Championship.
The Albion midfield player, still not fully fit after a frustrating season fighting against injury, was perhaps the only Hungarian who looked good enough for the England squad.
With that in mind, Robson has no doubts that Gera will continue to flourish at international level, despite enduring relegation from the Premiership. England won 3-1 against Hungary and the gap between the teams was obvious but Robson was inspired by Gera, saying: "There's no way any manager of Hungary will not play Zoltan in international matches just because he is in the Championship.
"When I was at Middlesbrough, I signed Paul Merson after we'd been relegated.
"He wasn't even in the England squad at the time.
"But he had an outstanding season for me and ended up in the squad.
"If you're a good enough player, it doesn't matter what division you're playing in, you will get recognised."