West Bromwich Albion news

Baggies rule out star sales

June 23, 2011

West Brom have again been forced to insist key players Peter Odemwingie and Youssouf Mulumbu are not for sale.

Peter Odemwingie
GettyImagesPeter Odemwingie was key to West Brom's success last season

Odemwingie, who was the club's leading scorer with 15 goals last season, and midfielder Mulumbu have been the subject of summer speculation linking them with a move away from The Hawthorns.

Nigeria international Odemwingie was reported to be a target for Arsenal while Mulumbu was said to be attracting interest from Fiorentina.

But Baggies technical director Dan Ashworth stressed on Thursday: "Peter and Youssouf are not for sale."

Albion are currently in talks with Odemwingie over a new contract.

His efforts last season played a major part in the club staying in the Premier League.

Mulumbu put pen to paper on a new deal mid-way through last season which runs until the summer of 2013.

He formed an effective midfield partnership with Paul Scharner under Roy Hodgson.

West Brom defender Gabriel Tamas is a target for Lazio who want to sign him on a season long loan.