West Bromwich Albion have confirmed they are speaking to midfielder Zoltan Gera about a return to the Hawthorns.
Gera, 32, spent four years with the club before moving to Fulham in 2008.
He is a free agent after the expiry of his contract at Craven Cottage and could again link up with former manager Roy Hodgson.
Hodgson said: "I make no secret of the fact that Zoltan Gera is also a player I would be very interested in bringing back to West Brom."
Gera has already had a medical at the Hawthorns but it unearthed an ankle injury which he subsequently underwent surgery on earlier this week.
But the club are confident he will make a full recovery and, provided he can agree personal terms, he will link up with the Baggies once more.
Hodgson added: "The operation may have complicated things slightly but I'm still pretty confident that operation will go well and we will be able to sign him.
"He was popular with fans here and the Fulham fans as well but there have been a couple of managers since I left the club and every manager has ideas of his own.
"It could be our good fortune that they may now regard him surplus to requirements."
Gera would be unavailable for the first three games of the new season regardless after being sent off in his final match for Fulham.