Clarke confident of keeping duo
Swedish international defender Olsson, who is in the final year
of his contract, was linked strongly with a move to Tottenham
earlier in the summer.
Striker Odemwingie, the Baggies top scorer last season, has also
been the subject of speculation over his future.
But Clarke is now optimistic the duo will stay, with no
last-gasp attempts expected to prise Olsson and Odemwingie
Clarke said: “I said a few weeks ago that I expected to keep
both of those players – and nothing has changed.
“I did expect to keep them and it looks as though they are going
“There is no dialogue or conversation that I’ve had with Dan
Ashworth (technical and sporting director) that makes me think
there has been anything (offers) for the players.”
Olsson has been the lynchpin of the Baggies back four during
successive seasons in the Barclays Premier League.
Nigerian international Odemwingie followed up his 15 goals in
his first season by again reaching double figures again during the
Clarke is looking to bring in a left-back with Martin Olsson
(Blackburn) and Bryan Oviedo (Copenhagen) on his radar, but he is
not expecting any major transfer business before the window
He said: “I’m not particularly hopeful. There are about 30 hours
left in the window and, as I sit here now, it is probably more
likely we won’t do much business or any business.
“Put it this way, there will be other clubs that are busier than
we are going to be.
“There have been lots of rumours and lots of names bandied
around. It is not correct for me to sit here and speak about
players at other clubs.
“We go about our business quietly, we’ve got targets. I’ve said
for a couple of weeks now if the window was closed, I’d be happy
with the squad I’ve got.
“I sound like a broken down record but I would be. Honestly, the
quicker the window closes, the better.”