However, they have now been handed a huge boost with it now appearing as if the Scottish club aren’t pursuing a deal.
With his contract set to expire, it wouldn’t be too difficult to persuade Lawrence to move across the Midlands and link up with Steve Bruce’s side.
If he does move to The Hawthorns then one player he will be featuring alongside is Daryl Dike. The USA international joined West Brom in January from MLS side Orlando City after impressing during a previous loan spell at fellow Championship side Barnsley.
During his time in Yorkshire, the striker scored nine goals in 19 appearances which helped lead them to the play-offs. Should he be able to recreate this form next term, he could form a formidable partnership with Lawrence – if he joins the club.
Dike has only featured twice for West Brom after missing 11 games due to a hamstring injury. If you compare his statistics when he was at Barnsley to Lawrence’s last season, you can see how well they would work together.
In his spell Oakwell, Dike averaged 1.7 shots per game which could easily be increased with service from Lawrence.
Given he will be available for free, and that his wage is only £27k per week, it makes perfect sense for the Baggies to do all they can to secure the 28-year-old’s signature.
He has been described as “brilliant” by journalist Ryan Conway and could be key to their promotion push next season.
The West Midlands outfit will also be hoping that Dike can replicate the form shown at Barnsley, if he does, then the club are in with a good chance of mounting a push back to the Premier League.