West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke returns from holiday this week with the future of forward Peter Odemwingie still to be resolved.
Talks between the club and the Nigeria international are scheduled for the next few days as the conditions for an acceptable parting of the ways continue to be discussed.
Albion, under the prudent chairmanship of Jeremy Peace, remain determined to extract a good pay-back on a player whose 30 top-flight goals from 87 games make him their highest ever Premier League scorer.
A fee of approaching £5 million had previously been mooted but Odemwingie’s infamous Twitter rants and the fact he turns 32 next month may have lowered that asking price.
Queens Park Rangers are no longer considered interested in the striker following their relegation but the promoted duo of Hull City and Crystal Palace are known to be keen, Ian Holloway having made a move to sign him on loan in February.
The impending Hawthorns talks are likely to establish a new asking price – one that could lead to him returning abroad after his earlier service to La Louviere, Lille and Lokomotiv Moscow.
Meanwhile, Shane Long, whose negotiations over a possible new deal are said to be progressing steadily, has been handed a special pre-season date to look forward to as Albion will visit his first club Cork for a friendly on August 6.