Baggies keen to keep Andrews

Hodgson also hoping a deal can be agreed for Foster

Keith Andrews: Has impressed since linking up with West Brom in January

Ben Foster: Could be available in the summer if Birmingham fail to win promotion

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West Brom boss Roy Hodgson expects Keith Andrews to remain at the club past the end of the season and is also hoping to keep Ben Foster.

Andrews linked up with the Baggies in January on a six-month contract after negotiating his release from Blackburn.

A short-term agreement was designed to offer both the club and player an opportunity to have a look at one another and decide whether they could enjoy a productive future together.

Things have gone well for Andrews at The Hawthorns and Hodgson has now revealed that the club will look to extend his contract once they have secured their Premier League status for another year.

He said: "When we signed Keith it was a case of seeing where the club is in the summer and then we will review the situation.

"It was a case of if things go well for him and the club then there was no reason to 'divorce' and, if the club didn't do well or he didn't settle, then he would be a free agent again.


"At the moment we look very much on track to achieve our goal (of staying in the top flight).

"Between now and the end of the season, we will look into contract situations with people like Keith who could walk away. I'm sure we will be sitting down to make sure that doesn't happen."

Hodgson also says that West Brom will look to make Foster's loan move permanent if his parent employers Birmingham fail to secure promotion out of the Championship.

He added: "Our only chance, I would think, of Ben being available for us would be if Birmingham don't go up.

"If all goes well and they do want to sell, I would think we would have a good chance as long as the transfer fee is one the club feels it can accept.

"By carrying on playing in the Premier League this season with us, he might have added to his value."