Baggies duo to extend loans
Roberto Di Matteo would be happy to sanction extensions to Luke Moore and Leon Barnett's loan deals.
Last Updated: 24/11/10 12:58pm
West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo would be happy to sanction extensions to Luke Moore and Leon Barnett's loan deals.
The pair are taking in spells in the Championship at Derby County and Norwich City respectively.
Moore is nearing the end of his second month with the Rams, during which time he has scored two goals in eight appearances.
Barnett, who has figured 15 times for the Canaries this term, is due to remain at Carrow Road until 4th January, but Di Matteo has revealed that both players could stay where they are past the end of their current agreements.
"If we can agree deals we are open to them both staying where they are for longer," he told the club's official website.
"We need to keep our other players because we can't loan, so I wouldn't expect anyone else to go out."
Meanwhile, Di Matteo has spoken in glowing terms about another of his loan stars, youngster Sam Mantom.
The 18-year-old made his debut for Tranmere on Tuesday, after joining the club on a month-long deal, and Di Matteo believes the midfielder will have a big part to play in the Baggies' future.
"Sam is a very talented boy and has a bright future but we need him to play competitive games," he said.
"League One is a nice league to start with at his age. We'll see how well he does and then we'll review it.
"He's grown physically stronger over the last 12 months and tactically he was always good. He's 18-and-a-half so he just needs to be a bit more robust.
"He's got the tackling ability and the understanding will come with experience. I have high hopes for him. I very much like the boy."