West Brom boss Tony Pulis has seemingly refused to rule out the chances of his star defender Joleon Lescott moving to rivals Aston Villa before the end of the transfer window, in Sky Sports quotes from his Friday press conference.
When asked whether there was any chance that the former England man would move to Villa, Pulis had a surprising response that didn't seem to rule out that possibility, even if he did think it could just be their rivals playing transfer games.
"I think it's rumours like with us and Clark (Ciaran)," he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports, referring to interest the Baggies were said to have had in the Irishman. "The situation is that Joleon trained with us today, we're hoping he'll train with us tomorrow and then be involved in the Man City game.
"You can never say never to anything in football, I've said that before, but as far as I'm concerned he's trained well today. As far as I'm concerned we're hoping he'll be fit enough to be in the squad on Monday."
The Birmingham Mail have said that West Brom have offered the defender a one-ear extension on his remaining contract in an attempt to convince him to stay at the Hawthorns, but still the Villa rumours persist.
Lescott is a local boy, being born and bred in Birmingham and going on to start his career at Wolves - a club he ended up making 235 appearances for.
Impressive spells at Everton and Manchester City saw him receive plenty of England recognition before he returned to the Midlands after his contract expired at the Etihand last summer.
The 32-year-old went on to prove his qualities by marshalling the Baggies defence into one of the best in the league, and only Premier League champions Chelsea managed more clean sheets than West Brom.
Thus, it is natural that sides are looking at the defensive stars at the Hawthorns - but a switch to Aston Villa would be a shock for Baggies fans, and represent a huge surprise considering the rivalry between the two clubs.
West Brom fans may well be hoping that Pulis was just providing a noncommittal response to the journalist's question, because if a switch to Villa Park is a possibility for Lescott, it'll be a huge blow to the Baggies, and a massive signing for Tim Sherwood.