West Brom manager Roy Hodgson wants to turn goalkeeper Ben Foster's loan spell at The Hawthorns into a permanent deal.
Foster is nearing the end of his season-long loan from Birmingham and has played a key role in helping the Baggies establish themselves in mid-table this season.
But, as much as Hodgson wants to keep him at the Baggies, he knows it is Birmingham who will ultimately make the final decision.
"We'd like to keep Ben, for sure," said Hodgson. "He has done very well and everyone is pleased with him and he seems to enjoy life here.
"We enjoy having him here and his form has been excellent. But it's the old story, he doesn't belong to us, he is contracted to Birmingham.
"They will decide his future, not us, unfortunately."
Foster opted out of representing England 12 months ago after making only a handful of appearances under Fabio Capello, but Hodgson is hoping whoever the new manager is will be able to persuade him to end his international exile.
"It is not my job as a club manager to try and influence Ben one way or another," he added.
"He made his mind up not to combine club and international football and he told the FA that was his decision.
"All decisions can be altered and I would like to think he is playing well enough so that, when an international manager is appointed, maybe he will speak to Ben and ask him to reconsider."
Hodgson also hinted he may mix his starting 11 up over the coming weeks, but only once the threat of relegation is completely eradicated.
He said: "We rested a couple last week at Wigan who might be a bit tired or jaded but, at the moment, the most important thing will be to get to a situation where we are 100% certain of being safe.
"We want to get to a situation where, even if we have a disastrous spell or some teams play above what they've been doing, it still won't affect us in terms of being in the league next season.
"When that day comes, there are a few players who have been very patient and had to wait for their chance who need to get a game."