West Brom manager Tony Mowbray is pleased that Kevin Phillips is close to agreeing a new contract.
The 35-year-old is out-of-contract in the summer but the former England striker has been in fantastic form with 22 goals this term.
Phillips is understood to be close to agreeing a one-year deal with the promotion chasing Baggies.
"Discussions have been ongoing with his advisors for a long time," Mowbray told Sky Sports News.
"If he is that is great, the games come so thick and fast we just concentrate on the football and Kevin too just concentrates on his football."
Mowbray has also defended goalkeeper Dean Kiely who was singled out by some fans for criticism during West Brom's weekend 4-3 win over Colchester.
"I haven't detected any problems with Dean," said Mowbray.
"The positive for me is that Dean is 37 - if he was 24 I'd think that (the booing) may affect him but I'm sure he's been there before as all goalkeepers do at different periods.
"He's big enough to take any flak that comes his way and I've every faith that he'll continue in a good vain.
"He suffered it about six weeks ago when there was a bit of negativity towards him and then he got four or five clean sheets on the bounce.
"The fans have got a big part to play by getting behind the players."
The West Brom chief insist he has no plans to draft in January signing, Czech Michal Danek.
"Has there been a temptation to give Michal a run out? No. I don't see any reason why," he continued.
"Dean Kiely is our goalkeeper doing, in my opinion, a job for a team that could go top of the table if we win our games in hand."