West Brom news

Clarke wins battle to keep players

August 30, 2012
By ESPN staff

Steve Clarke believes he has won his battle to keep Jonas Olsson and Peter Odemwingie at West Bromwich Albion.

Steve Clarke
PA PhotosSteve Clarke: succeeds in keeping his players

Clarke has spent most of the summer fending off interest for Olsson, 29, and Odemwingie, 31.

But with Friday's transfer deadline looming the Albion boss expects both players to remain at the club for the remainder of the season.

"I expected to keep Jonas Olsson and Peter Odemwingie at the club this season. That was my intention," said Clarke. "And I still expect to do that. I know there is still a little bit of time left in the window, but it looks as if they are both going to stay."

Albion had interest from Spurs, West Ham and Fulham for Swedish central defender Olsson, who appeared ready to quit the Hawthorns after Euro 2012.

But he is now prepared to see out the final year of his contract, with Albion prepared to let him leave on a free transfer next summer.

Olsson has made it clear he will not sign a new deal after several discussions on his future with Clarke and technical and sporting director Dan Ashworth.

Nigerian striker Odemwingie has also been the subject of interest from several Premier League clubs and Juventus this summer, but looks to be remaining at the club.

He has struggled with injury at the start of this season and Clarke is still waiting to see if he will be fit enough to be named in the squad to face Everton.