West Brom manager Roy Hodgson has underlined his desire to keep Nicky Shorey at the club this summer, and hopes he can get through the next few weeks without the player knocking on his door demanding a move.
Shorey, who’s been linked with a move to Nottingham Forest under new manager Steve McClaren, has been one of Hodgson’s stalwarts after a loan spell when the two were at Fulham in 2010. "I'll be very sad if Nicky comes banging on my door because he wants to leave West Bromwich Albion to go to Forest,” said Hodgson.
"I've for major respect for Forest. I feel they are going to be a major force next year. But, at the moment, I can offer Nicky Shorey Premier League and I hope that's what he'll choose."
Hodgson went on to say that he’ll be looking to add two or three more players to his side after capturing Gareth McAuley and Billy Jones, and remains 'hopeful' that a deal for Hungarian international Zoltan Gera, who he brought to Fulham in 2008 and has previously played for the Baggies, will be completed.
"We're not interested in expanding the squad,” said Hodgson. “All the people at the club want to play and if we bring two or three more players in, that will make life a little bit more difficult for those who are already on the fringes.
"My only interest is improving the quality from last season and in Gareth [McAuley] and Billy [Jones], and hopefully with Zoltan on the way, I think we need two, or a maximum of three, more players."
Hodgson also gave a swift denial to the club's reported interest in signing Jonathan Woodgate, who is available on a free transfer after release from Spurs. "There is no truth in the Woodgate rumours,” he concluded.