Crystal Palace have made a £15m move for Tottenham Hotspur's Kevin Wimmer, reports the Daily Mail, joining West Bromwich Albion in the race to sign the defender.
Kevin Wimmer of Spurs in action.
Yet with the same report also claiming that Stoke City are considering entering the race to sign the 24-year-old - who can leave Spurs following the club record £42m arrival (BBC) of Davinson Sanchez from Ajax - this saga could drag on for a little while longer.
However, Pulis and West Brom could live to regret it if they are not the club to land Wimmer, especially as of the three interested parties they have the smallest squad with the most need for recruitment.
The West Midlands side may have kept two clean-sheets from their opening two Premier League fixtures so far this season, but even when including Chris Brunt as a left-back they currently only have seven first team defenders.
One of those is 37-year-old Gareth McAuley and another is captain Jonny Evans, who the BBC reports has already been the subject of a rejected £18m bid from Manchester City and still remains on the Citizens' wishlist.
Even if Evans stays at the Hawthorns the defence needs bolstering and although both Palace and Stoke play wing-back systems that require three centre-backs in the starting XI, they both have five options in the position apiece already on their books.
Jonny Evans of West Bromwich Albion competes with Leonardo Ulloa of Leicester City during the Premier League Asia Trophy.