HUGHES HAPPY TO STAY LONG-TERM
By Ciaran Baynes
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
LEE HUGHES` agent has indicated that the West Brom striker is prepared to discuss signing a long-term deal to stay at The Hawthorns.
Coming in the wake of Birmingham City's failed £3 million bid to sign the Carrot-topped assassin, Pino Pagliara said the player would consider committing himself to his boyhood idols for a long time to come.
"There's been a lot of speculation over Lee's future in the last few days," Pagliara said. "What we are saying is that Lee is prepared to negotiate a new long-term deal.
"If he was invited by the board to sign a new deal, say for four or five years, we would advise him to do that.
Pagliara did insist that the club must show ambition if his client is to sign a renewed deal, adding: "Obviously there are conditions. One is that Albion would have to prove that they can be a major force. The other is that they can make Lee happy.
"Lee is ready to make a permanent pledge, it's up to the club. If they want him to stay, then Lee is very interested in doing business."
The 24-year-old striker still has two years to run on the lucrative contract he signed last season, but this news will be welcomed by Baggies fans who are looking forward to seeing his partnership with Bob Taylor next season.