Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Hodgson hopeful over Odemwingie

Peter Odemwingie

Roy Hodgson is confident West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie will reach an agreement over a new contract.

Odemwingie was the Baggies' leading scorer with 15 goals last season and has been the subject of speculation linking him with a move away from The Hawthorns. But head coach Hodgson has seen positive signs from Odemwingie since returning for pre-season training that suggest he will be happy to stay.

Hodgson said: "Peter has been excellent in training this week. He seems very satisfied, very happy, so I presume the contract discussions are going okay."

He added: "He sails through training when everyone else is fighting hard to do the work.

"Don't forget, he does have a contract with the club. These discussions are to maybe prolong it and reward him for what he did last season.

"It's not as if he is out of contract but I'm confident the chairman (Jeremy Peace) and Dan Ashworth (technical director) will reach an agreement with him.

"I shall work on the basis he is a happy bunny and a West Brom player until that fateful day when someone tells me he isn't."

Hodgson added: "I think we should be pleased our players attract interest.

"If we are going to improve as a team, we need players in our team that other clubs envy and would like to have.

That for me is a sign your club is moving forward, when the players you have got are being envied."

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