Arsenal transfer target Tongo Doumbia is closing in on a move to West Bromwich Albion.
Rennes midfielder Doumbia will return to England for more talks in the next few days, although a fee is yet to be agreed with the French club.
The Mali international, 22, says the Baggies represent a sensible next step in his career despite being approached by more illustrious Premier League clubs including the Gunners.
"I felt more desire there [at West Brom]," Doumbia said. "Obviously, it is less glamorous than Arsenal but I'll be able to continue my progress. I will have more chances to play.
"This [the Premier League] is a championship that thrills everybody. I hope this is the beginning of a great adventure."
Rennes reportedly want at least €2.5 million for Doumbia.