Survival is key to Hodgson’s plans

Roy Hodgson admits he knows "certain players" he would target in the summer if he can keep West Brom in the Premier League this season.

The Albion gaffer has discussed his summer transfer plans with sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth, who has watched four international games in five days as part of a scouting trip.

Ashworth has proved successful in luring gems to The Hawthorns in the past, having captured Peter Odemwingie and Somen Tchoyi among others.

Hoffenheim striker Vedad Ibisevic is believed to be on Hodgson’s wanted list – but the Baggies boss admits everything depends on which division Albion, who are only one point above the drop zone, are playing in next season.

"This club is very good in that they have regular meetings and updates on what scouting is going on and what players are being followed," Hodgson told the Birmingham Mail. "They want input from me on profiles of what I might be looking for for future signings. We have had several meetings but they have been reasonably general.

"We haven’t been able to specify particular targets, not least of all because we aren’t sure what division we will be playing in.

"There are certain players we would target without a shadow of a doubt if we can stay up but those players would drop off our list if we went down because they would be out of our range."

Hodgson, who faces former employers Liverpool at The Hawthorns this weekend, added: "It’s a balancing act at the moment. A lot of good work is being done by Dan Ashworth, (and scouts) Lee Darnbrough and Bobby Hope.

"These people are working their socks off every day covering as much as possible with all the scouts we have across Europe.

"The scouting system here is good but when we will be able to sit down and specify targets and put names to positions, I don’t know.

"At the moment my focus is still mainly on the weekly event of playing in the Premier League."