The Morocco international is a key figure at Malaga, with the Costa del Sol club keen to strike a permanent deal.
Spanish sports daily AS have highlighted that Moroccan star Nordin Amrabat is very much wanted on a permanent deal by Malaga, which would appear to be the main obstacle facing West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United in their pursuit of the player, as suggested by TalkSport and via reports in Turkey.
Currently in his second loan spell from Galatasaray with Los Boquerones, Amrabat has been regarded as a primary objective, with the 28-year-old both popular amongst the fans and keen to remain at La Rosaleda beyond the end of the current season.
As such, Malaga have now stepped up their efforts, as negotiations are now firmly in progress with Galatasaray, albeit with certain conditions. The two clubs were reported to have previously agreed a fee of €3.5 million, but the deadline for that deal and to make the move permanent has been set at 30th April.
Malaga may be taking somewhat of a gamble, given that Galatasaray are more than aware of the interest from other clubs in the 28-year-old forward. However, the willingness of Amrabat to stay at the club, given the player has previously rejected offers from elsewhere and demonstrated a preference to stay put in La Liga, leads the Spanish club to believe they may have the upper hand in negotiations.
Given the reduced budget at Malaga, compared to previous seasons, it makes sense they'll want to haggle. On the other hand, Galatasaray may not be so willing to consider a lesser offer, with the Turkish club having indicated they either want to get the player back or see their pre-agreed valuation met.
Over the next twenty days, if indeed their reported interest is serious, West Brom and West Ham may simply have to remain patient, awaiting the outcome of these negotiations between Malaga and Galatasaray. Realistically speaking, the window of opportunity for the two Premier League sides could perhaps best be referred to as 'slightly ajar'.