West Brom boss Roy Hodgson expects talks to "hot up" over a new contract now the season is close to its conclusion.

Hodgson's current deal runs out this summer, although he has often indicated that he is happy at The Hawthorns.

It is understood initial talks have taken place between the club and Hodgson's advisor, but the former Liverpool manager wants assurances that Albion's plans for the future mean they will not be battling for Barclays Premier League survival every season.

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