The 26-year-old Congo international joined the Baggies in the summer of 2009 for a bargain transfer fee of £150,000 from Paris Saint-Germain and has proved to be a hit down at the Hawthorns.

However, it now appears he sees his future away from the Midlands club, who have made a solid start to the Premier League season under manager Steve Clarke.

‘I have had approaches from Arsenal,’ he said.

‘I could leave this winter. This is the right time for me to set my sights higher. I’m ready to join a top-four club.

‘We are not professional enough in the way we manage our games – for example our draw at Chelsea. We are not mature enough.’