Baggies hold Simpson talks
Tony Mowbray has held talks with Arsenal over taking Jay Simpson on loan again next season.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 31/03/09 12:11pm
West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Mowbray has revealed he has held talks with Arsenal regarding the possibility of taking Jay Simpson on loan again next season.
Simpson joined the Baggies in January and has impressed since the switch, although recently he has struggled for fitness.
Mowbray, whose side are battling against relegation, would be keen to work with Simpson again next term and will continue discussions with the Gunners over a potential deal.
He told the Birmingham Mail: "It's something we've tip-toed into with Arsenal. At this moment we'll keep those conversations in-house.
"But it is something we've explored with Arsenal and we'll see what's decided in the longer term.
"He came on the scene and played with an innocence to his game. He gave everyone a lift and a spark, and looked very, very bright."
Mowbray also confirmed he would be interested in making Marc-Antoine Fortune's loan move from Nancy a permanent deal.
He said: "Marc knows we would like to keep him regardless of what happens.
"He's shown his quality and talent. Yet, we're not in the driving seat to make that decision. He'll probably sit down at the end of the season and decide what he thinks."