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West Brom boss Hodgson tried for Man City defender Onuoha, Baird on deadline day

West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson admits frustration not signing an extra defender before last week's transfer deadline.

The Birmingham Mail says the Baggies tried to bring in a defender on the final day of the window - Nedum Onuoha (Manchester City) and Chris Baird (Fulham) were late targets - but neither materialised.

Regarding that late pursuit, Hodgson said: "We were quite close. Dan worked very hard but unfortunately one of the players who we had an agreement with a club for decided at the last minute that he didn't want to make the move.

"That would have been the ideal transfer window if that situation had come about and you don't ever get the ideal.

"But it's been a successful window for the club, without spending a lot of money we have improved the squad and the team and given ourselves a better chance of survival."

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