Roy Hodgson has revealed that Ben Foster is still his first choice goalkeeper at West Bromwich Albion for next season - but admits that Birmingham City's participation in the Championship play-offs is not helping his plans.
Foster is on loan from Blues until the end of this season.
Hodgson is keen to sign him permanently, but appreciates that Blues might wish to keep him next season, especially if they are promoted to the Premier League.
Chris Hughton’s are assured of a play-off place which could extend their season to May 19 should they reach the Wembley final.
The Albion boss would like to sign Foster but accepts that he might need to look elsewhere in the meantime.
"I’ve said before that as far as I know, in answer to our request, we’ve been informed we won’t know before the end of the season," said Hodgson.
"Nothing has changed in that matter.
"Birmingham being in the play-offs won’t accelerate anything in the process - if anything it will decelerate the process."
Foster was handed the player-of-the-year award at the tenth West Bromwich Albion Disabled Supporters’ Club (WBADSC) annual open day.
He beat off competition from James Morrison and Jonas Olsson to win the accolade, which was awarded following an open training session and lunch.
Hodgson attended the event, along with Albion’s first-team players.
Asked if he would move on to other targets as a result of Blues’ season being extended, Hodgson added: "That risk exists, yes.
"We solved our goalkeeper problem for a year by loaning Boaz Myhill to Birmingham City and in turn bringing Ben Foster to us.
"So we have a goalkeeper vacancy for next year, whether it’s Ben continuing with us or someone else.
"That isn’t a dilemma because there are other people who might like to come and join us. We will see how it goes.
"Ben has got the shirt and done well.
"He has just been voted the supporters club disabled branch player of the year so it would be nice for us to continue with him but whether that’s going to be a possibility is the $64,000 question.
"Whether we can wait until May 19 and run the risk of losing other good candidates is another $64,000 question. And I don’t know the answer to either question right now."