Mowbray hopes Jay can stay

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West Brom manager Tony Mowbray wants on-loan Arsenal striker Jay Simpson to remain with the Baggies for another season.

And Mowbray is also interested in turning Simpson's fellow forward Marc-Antoine Fortune's loan move from Nancy into a permanent deal.

Albion have held conversations with Arsenal about retaining the services of Simpson who was brought in during the winter transfer window.

Simpson has impressed at the Hawthorns although it remains to be seen whether he would want to stay if West Brom are relegated, even if Arsene Wenger sanctioned such a move.

Mowbray said: "It's something we've tiptoed into with Arsenal. At this moment we'll keep those conversations in-house.

"But it is something we've explored - and we'll see what's decided in the longer term."

As regards Fortune, Mowbray said: "Marc knows we would like to keep him regardless of what happens. He's shown his quality and talent.

"But we're not in the driving seat. He'll probably sit down at the end of the season and decide what he thinks. There is no 'lockdown' for us in his contract.

"We can't just say 'you're staying', regardless of what happens. It's an open-ended contract. If we were to go down and he decided he didn't want to play in the Championship, he wouldn't have to."

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