WBA hopeful of Odemwingie stay

The Nigerian international has been a huge hit since moving to the

Baggies last summer, scoring 15 goals in his debut season and

becoming one of the Premier League’s hottest properties. Chelsea

are reported to have joined Arsenal in looking at a possible deal

to lure the 29-year-old away from the Black Country, with the

player’s current deal set to expire next summer. Hodgson is set to

double Odemwingie’s wages, with a £42,000 a week extension

over a further two years the reported offer. However, should they

decide to offload the £12million-rated forward, Hodgson knows

that any profit made will enable them to find a replacement of the

same quality. “I’m confident of keeping our top players, including

Peter. They have contracts and the club are not keen on selling.

“We don’t need to sell players because everyone knows Albion are a

well run club. “We have no debts and we are not in the situation

that many clubs are in, having to sell to match budgets.”