Zoltan Gera could return to West Brom after the club confirmed they have opened talks with the midfielder over a potential deal.
However, any contract will be subject to the 32-year-old proving his fitness after he underwent surgery on an ankle problem on Thursday.
Hungary international Gera spent four seasons at the Hawthorns before moving to Fulham in the summer of 2008 and is a free agent after his contract at Craven Cottage expired last month.
Albion said in a statement: "In light of recent media speculation, Albion can confirm they are in discussions with former player Zoltan Gera and his advisors about a return to The Hawthorns.
"The Hungarian star decided to seek a new challenge after his Fulham contract expired on June 30 and he is now a free agent.
"The Baggies have opened contract talks with Gera, who became a firm fans' favourite during his previous four-year spell at the club between 2004 and 2008.
"The 32-year-old has undergone a Hawthorns medical, which revealed he was carrying an ankle injury from last season.
"Gera underwent surgery to rectify the problem yesterday and Albion have agreed to oversee his rehabilitation.
"If, as expected, he makes a full recovery - to the satisfaction of the club's medical staff - and agrees personal terms, he will rejoin Albion.
"Gera is not eligible for the first three games of the 2011-12 season after he was sent off in his final match for Fulham."