Hodgson still holds Shorey hope

The Baggies continue to see a number of players linked with

arrivals and exits at the Hawthorns, with the transfer window now

in full swing. Among those reported to be contemplating a move

elsewhere is full-back Shorey, with Nottingham Forest believed to

have reignited their interest in a player who took in a successful

loan spell at the club in 2009/10. Hodgson, though, has sought to

assure the England international that he has a future with the

Baggies, providing he is willing to fight for his place. He hopes

that will be enough to prevent the 30-year-old from making a return

to the City Ground. “I’ll be very sad if Nicky comes banging on my

door because he wants to leave West Bromwich Albion to go to

Forest,” Hodgson told the club’s official website. “I’ve got great

respect for Forest. I think they are going to be a major force next

year. “But, at the moment, I can offer Nicky Shorey Premier League

football and I hope that’s what he’ll choose.” Meanwhile, as he

attempts to keep one defender on his books, Hodgson has ruled out

adding another to his ranks. Speculation has suggested that West

Brom are among those weighing up a move for Woodgate following his

release by Tottenham. But Hodgson has been quick to play down such

reports, saying: “There is no truth in the Woodgate rumours.”