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Baird going nowhere

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West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed his interest in defender, Chris Baird, but suggested that Fulham were not looking to sell the Northern Irishman.

Baird has been in and out of Martin Jol's plans in the Dutchman's first season but has always looked confident and assured when called upon. His scattered number of appearances has perked the ears of both West Brom and Blackburn Rovers and he's been linked with both clubs over the January transfer window.

Hodgson, of course, worked with Baird and had a good relationship with the International, but he admitted to Sky Sports News that Fulham are not looking at letting him go and no reunion would be forthcoming.

"His name has been mentioned and I said if he was going to be released we would be interested," said Hodgson.

"Then I've been informed Fulham are not releasing him, so he's not available."