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West Brom boss Hodgson keeps watching brief on transfer market

West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson says he remains open to making a late winter market signing.

With less than a week to go before the window shuts, he is refusing to panic buy after having a bid for Liam Ridgewell turned down by Blues last week.

"I've said all along that I don't think there is any panic to do things and the performances at the weekend from people like Tamas and Fortune, to name but two, who haven't featured much, and Cox, who hasn't featured too much either, shows that," said Hodgson to the WBA website.

"I don't think the depth of our squad is that bad. The reason Ridgewell became interesting to us is because he fills two positions and is a good player, so if it became possible to sign him at the price we think is the right one for him, who would say no to that?

"But it's not because I'm sitting here thinking 'if we don't get this player or that player we're not going to be able to see ourselves through the season. We can do that, so our situation is a happy one.

"If something comes up that we think could help us either in the short term or the longer term we would be foolish not to do it. But that's got to come up. We're not desperately scratching our head every day thinking 'we've got to get this or that'.

"We're just keeping our eyes and ears open and seeing what comes about."

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