James Morrison in contract talks as West Brom eye Feyenoord's Tonny Vilhena

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James Morrison is closing in on fitness and should feature for Albion before the end of the season, as talks over a new deal continue to rumble on.

The 29-year-old midfielder was a first-team regular before he ruptured his hamstring in January but he's out of contract at the end of this season.

Head coach Tony Pulis is planning a major overhaul of the club's attacking line-up this summer, and the Baggies have been looking at 21-year-old Feyenoord midfielder Tonny Vilhena. But the Express & Star understands the club are talking to Morrison's representatives in a bid to tie the long-serving Scot down to a new deal.

Those talks have been ongoing since the turn of the year, but reaching a decision both parties agree on has been made more difficult by Morrison's long-term injury.

The former Middlesbrough man was initially expected to be out for just eight weeks, but a couple of infuriating setbacks have aggravated his injury and stopped him returning to the side.

He is now closer to full fitness than at any other point since January, and has an outside shot of making tomorrow's squad against West Ham.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster and striker Saido Berahino are also in with a chance of featuring at The Hawthorns after ankle injuries ruled both of them out of Monday's trip to Tottenham.

The pair have made good progress in training this week, although Foster will have to prove he is 100 per cent because he won't be unnecessarily risked against the Hammers with stand-in keeper Boaz Myhill impressing at White Hart Lane.

But the Baggies have one of the best injury records in the Premier League this season.


Only Swansea, Leicester and Norwich have had fewer absentees.

Vilhena is a highly-rated Dutch under-21 international who has caught the eye of several Premier League clubs including the Baggies.

Southampton are favourites to sign him because Saints manager Ronald Koeman knows the youngster from his stint as Feyenoord boss. Champions-elect Leicester are also interested in Vilhena, whose contract runs out at the end of the season.

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