Hodgson rubbishes rumours

Baggies boss plays down links to McGregor, Naismith and Boateng

Allan McGregor: Among those tipped to be heading for the exits at Rangers

Steven Naismith: Would generate plenty of interest were he to become available

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Roy Hodgson says there is no substance to reports linking West Brom with moves for Allan McGregor, Steven Naismith and Derek Boateng.

The transfer window is not due to swing open until the summer, but speculation regarding who may be moving where has already begun.

Unsurprisingly, given the club's financial troubles, a number of Rangers players are being tipped to depart Ibrox.

Scotland internationals McGregor and Naismith are considered to be among the Gers' most saleable assets and there would be no shortage of interest were they to become available.

Dnipro midfielder Boateng is another expected to draw plenty of admiring glances, with a switch to the Premier League having been mooted for some time.

Hodgson, though, has moved to distance himself from all three suggested targets, with the Baggies boss adamant that there are no deals in the pipeline.

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He said: "Is anything happening? No, not in the sense it is anything we have discussed seriously. Of course, we know the players well.

"I think everyone is being connected with the Rangers players because everyone knows they are in administration.

"The Boateng one would be from the past. Before I came to the club, Boateng was a name being discussed as a potential new signing when he was playing in Spain.

"Even last summer, before we started this season, his name was mentioned.

"But it is not something we've got to grips with because there are so many names circulating in our own area of scouting and recruitment."