Hodgson wants a defender

Baggies chief wants to add more competition to his squad

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Roy Hodgson has revealed he would like to sign a defender to round off his summer spending at West Brom.

The money-conscious Baggies have once again conducted shrewd business in this summer's transfer market.

Zoltan Gera was re-signed from Fulham on a free transfer; Ben Foster completed a season-long loan deal with the view to a permanent switch from Birmingham.

"If we could get another centre-back in, particularly if we lose one or two, then that would be very useful."

Roy Hodgson

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Shane Long has also been signed from Reading for an undisclosed figure thought to be around £4.5million rising to £6.5million.


Hodgson, however, would like one more signing to reinforce the spine of his team.

And he admitted a deal for a defender is 'on the cards'.

"The club, to be fair, have backed me on all the things I've asked them to do," he told the Birmingham Mail.

"Things have got done and the three players I was most keen to get in - Foster, Long and Gera -are all here.

"I've got to be grateful for that and in particular thank Dan Ashworth for the incredible work he's done.


"If we could get another centre-back in, particularly if we lose one or two, then that would be very useful.

"Having said that, we've got [Gareth] McAuley and [Craig] Dawson so I think we're stronger this year than we were last year."

As ever, whatever business conducted by the Baggies will be done with value for money very much at the forefront of it.

Hodgson added: "We don't necessarily need anybody because the bodies are there but if there was a quality player who could come in it would a player, in an ideal world, who could cover what we've got in the centre-back and full-back positions."

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