Hodgson hoping to keep stars

Baggies boss wants his out of contract players to stay with the club

Roy Hodgson: In talks with key players and expected to sign his own contract extension soon

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West Brom boss Roy Hodgson insists he will do his best to keep all his star players at The Hawthorns next season.

Albion have a group of players out of contract or approaching the final 12 months of their current deals in James Morrison, Jonas Olsson, Keith Andrews, Nicky Shorey, Steven Reid, Paul Scharner, Jerome Thomas and Marc-Antoine Fortune.

And the former Fulham manager has this week rubbished speculation linking striker Peter Odemwingie with a big money move away in the summer.

Hodgson has already stated that he hopes the players the club are holding talks with elect to stay.

He told reporters: "I hope we can keep everybody, though obviously we can't nail people's feet to the floor.


"What you hope to do is offer them a competitive wage and salary and you hope you can offer them some hope that they are going to be playing in a good team and having some success by playing in that team.

"The players are ambitious and they are looking forward to a third year in the Premier League.

"In the past, they've not relished the thought it might be Premier League one year and Championship the next."

Hodgson also hopes to sign his own contract extension with the Baggies worth £3m, and is hopeful it to be completed soon.

He said: "I'm expecting it to be done before the end of the season."

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