After his superb performances for Fiorentina this season, Spaniard Borja Valero is attracting the attention of one of his country's biggest clubs.
Spanish newspaper AS has claimed Jose Mourinho's side are monitoring the midfielder, who only signed for the Florence based club last summer after Villareal were relgated.
A transfer for the 28-year-old would cap a remarkable rise for the player, who failed to hit his best form during his time in the Premier League.
For those who don't remember, Valero had a contract at West Brom between 2008 and 2011, although he only spent one season at the Hawthorns, in 2008-09, before being loaned back to Mallorca, and then Villareal two seasons ago.
He was West Brom's record signing, costing £4.7 million, going onto play 31 times for the club.
In 2011/12 season he helped Villareal finish fourth, securing Champions League football before signing permanently for the Yellow Submarine, where they played Manchester City twice in the group stages, losing narrowly on both occasions - but a disastrous campaign ended unexpectedly in relegation.
Despite that he went onto have a solid season this campaign, and has even been capped by Spain, on his debut he even set up a goal for Fernando Torres.
Since signing for Fiorentina he has hit top form - while he has scored just one goal in 25 Serie A apperances this season, he has contributed an excellent 10 assists, with the side sitting sixth in the league at present just one point behind Inter Milan.
They are still in the hunt for a Champions League place, whether they achieve it or not could influence Valero's decision to sign for Madrid or not - but if an offer did come in, it's hard to believe he could turn it down regardless.
West Brom fans what do you make of Valero's re-emergence?
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