By Andy ColeIn a move that would have been unthinkable a few years ago, the Baggies have finally confirmed that they are in the market for a new training ground and stadium in the U.K.
They have long been interested in moving to the country, but the timing of the announcement came as a shock to many.
They would have thought the time had been right to do so and have been in talks with the Football Association for some time.
A deal is still being worked out, but if everything goes to plan it would mean a new club would be based in the capital city of London.
It would be the first time in the history of the club that the two clubs have had their own stadiums in the same city.
The Baggies were hoping to open the new ground in the summer of 2018 and had previously been linked with a move to the Ural mountains but the club has since postponed that plan.
It is thought the two-time European champions will have to settle for the training ground in nearby Milton Keynes, although it could well be that the club will move closer to the city, as they are still waiting on a stadium in Sheffield.
The U.S. internationals Anthony Martial and Yaya Toure have also been linked to the club but they are not currently involved in the talks and will have a free transfer window to complete a move away from their club.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Liverpool are in talks to sign Arsenal midfielder Calum Chambers for a fee of around £2 million, although they will have some time to discuss the fee with the Gunners if they want to proceed.
The Gunners are believed to be the main target for Chambers, who has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League.
Arsenal have not yet confirmed any of their potential moves for Chambers in the transfer window but the Gunns were thought to be willing to pay around £10 million for the player.
Liverpool and Arsenal have also reportedly been in the running for former Manchester United midfielder Javier Manquillo but the move is currently being discussed between the clubs and the Spanish international is not available for transfer purposes.