West Brom are losing out to Premier League rivals Crystal Palace in the race for Shola Ameobi.
The Baggies had agreed a contract in principle with the former Newcastle United forward, but either side has yet to activate the deal.
But Palace are believed to have offered better terms and, with Albion only considering him a stop-gap capture, there may be no further offer from the Hawthorns.
Boss Tony Pulis knows his strengths, having taken him on loan to Stoke City in 2008. Ameobi played six times for the Potters, including three starts.
But the remainder of his career in England was spent with his hometown club Newcastle, for whom he made more than 350 appearances.
The 33-year-old is a free agent having ended his contract with Turkish side Gaziantep, after the club suffered financial problems.