But, just four goals and 24 Premier League appearances later, Ideye was on his way out the back door.
West Brom sold the now-31-year-old to Olympiakos although, five years on, the journeyman forward could be handed a second chance on English shores.
Nottingham Forest are expected to sign a new striker during the summer window regardless of which division they find themselves in.
Sabri Lamouchi’s side have been overly reliant on top scorer Lewis Grabban all season, while January recruit Nuno da Costa has hardly made an impression due to an ill-timed injury blow.
Ideye, who has plied his trade in Spain, Switzerland, China, Greece and France as well as England, has found the net nine times in 26 games for Aris Salonika this season.
While Forest supporters may have their reservations on the back of a less-than-impressive spell at West Brom, Ideye could still bring valuable experience, strength and big-game nous to the City Ground dressing room.
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