Hodgson holds Gera hope

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Roy Hodgson is confident midfielder Zoltan Gera will become West Brom's third new signing of the summer - and the manager is also stepping up his search for a goalkeeper.

West Brom have now unveiled defenders Gareth McAuley and Billy Jones, who were recently brought in on Bosman transfers from Ipswich and Preston respectively. But much of the attention was on the possible return of Gera, who spent four years with Albion before moving to Fulham in 2008.

Gera has held talks with the Baggies although a deal will not happen until he has proved his fitness after an ankle operation. Hodgson said: "I make no secret of the fact that Zoltan Gera is also a player I would be very interested in bringing back to West Brom."

He added: "I am very pleased with the two signings but hopefully they won't be the last two."

"A lot of work is going on behind the scenes and we would like to strengthen our squad further, maybe two or three more players.

"(This) is where (Gera's) Premier League career began and I thought he continued it very successfully at Fulham.

"Now he is looking to move on again and talks are ongoing."


Hodgson added: "The operation may have complicated things slightly but I'm still pretty confident that operation will go well and we will be able to sign him.

"He was popular with fans here and the Fulham fans as well but there have been a couple of managers since I left the club and every manager has ideas of his own.

"It could be our good fortune that they may now regard him surplus to requirements."

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