Baggies boss Tony Pulis still has plenty of work to do at the Hawthorns this summer, if he is to guide his side to a successful Premier League campaign this season, and improve upon last term's efforts at the very least.
Pulis is reportedly desperate to add some tenacity and aggression to his midfield ranks during the off-season - something underlined by his pursuit of Sporting Lisbon enforcer William Carvalho earlier on this summer (Birmingham Mail).
West Brom eventually cooled their interest in the Portuguese star, however, with Pulis citing their inability to compete financially with so-called bigger clubs.
There is a wonderful alternative on the market for the Baggies, however - Manchester City midfielder Fernando, who is available for just £3 million, according to the Telegraph.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba in action with Manchester City's Fernando
The Brazilian possesses all of the attributes that Pulis looks for in any potential signing, what with his aggressive playing style, and the physical presence that he brings to the pitch.
The 29-year-old is highly experienced in playing at the very top level - something that would fit in perfectly to West Brom's mature setup, with the added bonus of his winning mentality.
He has four Primeira League titles and a Europa League winner's medal to his name from his time with Porto, and is well-versed in playing in highly pressurised situations.
The City star would be the perfect addition to the Baggies midfield, and would add a certain level of solidarity to their backline.
There will be plenty of competition for Fernando's signature, however, with Galatasaray just one of the clubs who have been credited with interest in the Brazilian, according to the Telegraph.
If Pulis can find a way of convincing him to join the Black Country outfit though, it could turn out to be a signing of real significance for West Brom.
Manchester City's Fernando, David Silva and Jesus Navas
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