Let’s take you back to the 2016 summer transfer deadline day when Romain Thomas was on the verge of a move to West Brom, only to see the deal collapse at the last minute.

Tony Pulis appeared keen to sign the French defender from Angers, but the Premier League side left everything a bit late to get a transfer done.

Sport Witness learnt Angers had pulled the plug at the last minute, knowing they wouldn’t be able to get a replacement in in time, and there’s a danger it could happen all over again.

Earlier this month, we were told the player remained West Brom’s number one target if Tony Pulis decided a new centre-back was needed, and that decision has apparently been made.

Sport Witness understands the Baggies and Angers are once again in talks over a potential deal taking Romain Thomas to the Hawthorns, but things aren’t going too smoothly.

The Ligue 1 side, who are currently in a relegation battle, want a full transfer if their star centre-back is to leave this January, something West Brom are against, preferring a loan with an option to buy instead.

Negotiations are still ongoing, but with less than 36 hours left in the transfer window, there’s a fear last summer’s mistakes could be repeated all over again, with Tony Pulis earlier admitting the club were ‘desperate’ for signings.

Desperation is never a good sign, regardless of how you look at it.