Hodgson hoping to bolster squad

The former Liverpool boss is sweating on the fitness of skipper

Chris Brunt, striker Shane Long and midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu,

who are all carrying injuries ahead of their trip to Tottenham. His

side are currently sitting comfortably in mid-table at the halfway

stage of the season. Hodgson, though, fears a growing injury list

could undo their good start to the season and drop them squarely

into the relegation dogfight below. But the West Brom boss is

adamant he will not fall victim to any panic buying that has

plagued some clubs during the transfer window in recent years. He

said: “If we are going to have a good season we need some help –

like all managers. ‘I’d like to think we have got to the stage

where the type of players that would help us would cost money and

would demand high wages. ‘I’m not certain at the moment that is the

way we are looking to go forward. ‘But I’m not interested in

bringing extra bodies or extra names into the club unless I am

assured they are better than what we have got.”