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Clarke hits out at Odemwingie

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke has hit out at the behaviour of want-away striker Peter Odemwingie.

Odemwingie used Twitter during the international break to again criticise the club.

The Nigerian forward vented his anger at a lack of recent playing time, and threatened to buy himself out of the last year of his contract to leave the Hawthorns.

An angry Clarke responded by telling reporters: “I haven’t got anything to say to him. If he’s got something to say to me he should come and say it to my face.

“He has to come to me. He’s the one that has the grievance, not me. I am absolutely bored with the whole episode.

“I’m not interested in what he said. The club will deal with it.

“I don’t read Twitter. I understand there were some more comments and I told (technical director) Richard (Garlick) and the club to deal with it in the way they see fit. Richard has been off ill. He hasn’t been in.

“I’m just disappointed that I have to spend so much time talking about one player when I have such a fantastic squad of players who have made such a fantastic contribution this season.

“I am fed up of talking about one player.”

Clarke confirmed Odemwingie will be in the squad for Saturday’s trip to West Ham and has very few fitness concerns for the Upton Park clash.

“We’ve been lucky,” he said. “By and large everybody is back from the international break is in good shape.

“The only one who will struggle at the weekend is James Morrison. He didn’t go away on international duty and is very, very doubtful for the game.”

Thu 28 March, 2013
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