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Hodgson: No mass West Brom overhaul

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson is not planning a major shake-up of his squad this summer after being impressed with his players' form over the past three months.

Hodgson, who replaced Roberto Di Matteo in February, will put the emphasis on quality rather than quantity when the transfer window reopens.

The Baggies have taken 13 points from eight games since Hodgson took charge to virtually guarantee their Premier League status for another season.

"I don't want to say too much until I get the chance to talk to the chairman (Jeremy Peace)," Hodgson said. We have spoken internally amongst the coaching staff and with Dan Ashworth (sporting and technical director) about plans and ideas.

"But, if it was up to me, I would not want to make wholesale changes in the summer. Of course, some will be necessary because I'm certain some players will leave which will leave gaps that need to be filled.

"But I will be happier if we get players that will make everyone else sit up and look over their shoulder and worry about their first team place. I'd rather that than bringing in players who will fill up the numbers.''

Meanwhile, defender Steven Reid is battling to recover from a calf strain in time for Saturday's home derby clash with Aston Villa. Reid had to be substituted during last weekend's 2-2 draw at Tottenham.

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