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Clarke open to Odemwingie stay

Steve Clarke wants to keep Peter Odemwingie at West Bromwich Albion despite the forward’s Twitter outbursts.

West Brom have rejected two bids for the striker from Queens Park Rangers, while also reportedly turning down an approach from the 31-year-old’s former club Lokomotiv Moscow.

Odemwingie has used Twitter to criticise West Brom, but Clarke has insisted he wants to hang on to the Nigeria international.

“We said that at the start of the window we didn’t want to lose players and we’re sticking with that,” Clarke told reporters.

“I hope he’s here on February 1 and we can look forward to having him here for the rest of the season.

“What I want to say is that it’s unfortunate because it’s a situation that didn’t have to develop. QPR have put two bids in that we’ve turned down because they weren’t acceptable in this window.

“The ball is back in QPR’s court and they have to decide whether to make an increased bid.

“He has been really badly advised and (QPR manager) Harry (Redknapp) alluded to it in his comments about agents. Things have been going on behind the scenes which have turned his head and it’s unfortunate for us.

“My relationship with Peter has been good and very strong. We have to see what the resolution is. Thankfully, I don’t live in the murky world of agents.

“I live in the real world. But where there’s money, there’s normally some greed.

“The situation is not good for anybody. If they (QPR) don’t come up with a bid that’s acceptable, he won’t go. The club are entitled to get what they think is a good price. That’s the situation.”

West Brom visit Everton in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Wed 30 January, 2013
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