West Brom eye double swoop

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson is looking to add reinforcements to his squad ahead of the 2011/12 season and has been linked with moves for Ben Foster and Zoltan Gera.

The England international goalkeeper had a strong 2010/11 despite Birmingham’s relegation, and is valued at £8 million. The Baggies boss is thought to be weighing up a club record £6 million bid, but this may not be enough to capture the former Manchester United stopper.

The ex-Liverpool boss is also keen on Hungary international Gera, who would be a familiar face at The Hawthorns after playing for the Midlands club between 2004 and 2008. The midfielder is not guaranteed regular first team football at Fulham, and may be interested in move back to his old employers.

Any additions would join defenders Gareth McAuley and Billy Jones, who signed from Ipswich and Preston respectively, as new faces at the club.

Meanwhile Hodgson is hopeful that 2010/11 leading goalscorer Peter Odemwingie will sign a new deal at the club. The 29-year-old has been subject of transfer speculation, but his boss feels negotiations over a new contract are going well.

“Peter has been excellent in training this week. He sails through the training when everyone else is fighting hard to do the work. He seems to do it with relative ease. He seems very satisfied, very happy, so I presume the contract discussions are going okay,” he told Sky Sports.

 


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