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With new owners, a positive start to the new season and a feeling that the future is bright, West Bromwich Albion are expected to be busy in the forthcoming January transfer window.

If 18 months ago you had told a Baggies fan that their club had the chance to sign Morgan Scheniderlin, even the most optimistic would have been dubious.

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Fast forward to the current day and the former Southampton midfielder is surplus to requirements at Manchester United and seemingly set for a January move to a Premier League rival.

While Everton have been the team most-commonly linked with Schneiderlin, West Brom have also been mentioned as a suitor.

There is little doubt that the Hawthorns outfit would have to break their club-record transfer fee to land the France international and that this decision should not be made lightly.

However, a player of Schneiderlin’s stature, ability and profile has the potential to take Tony Pulis’ men to the next level and add a real star to the heart of the Baggies team.

The Frenchman’s reputation may well have waned over 18 ill-fated months at Old Trafford, but this is still the player that was one of the Premier League’s most in-demand stars in his Southampton days.

West Brom would have stiff competition to land Schneiderlin from Premier League rivals but landing the gifted midfielder could well be the start of a special era for the Baggies.