Clarke insists Odemwingie focused on West Brom amid QPR speculation

The Scot believes his Nigerian striker is ignoring reports linking him with Harry Redknapp's Rs ahead of the Baggies' Midlands derby with Aston Villa this weekend
West Brom boss Steve Clarke has told of having a "good chat" with his in-demand striker Peter Odemwingie, following speculation that the Nigerian could move to QPR.

The 31-year-old forward, who exclusively revealed is on the verge of handing in a transfer request to force an exit, has a year and a half left on his Baggies contract and was believed to have been the subject of a £2.5 million bid from Harry Redknapp's Rs.

However, his manager, Clarke, insisted that Odemwingie had nothing to say about the interest in him, instead focusing his attention on West Brom's home match against Aston Villa this weekend.

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"I spoke to Peter yesterday - I had a good chat with him," Clarke told the Birmingham Mail.

"All he wanted to talk about was the game on Saturday. I’ve got no reason to doubt it.

"Queens Park Rangers are entitled to make their bids.

"Anyone can do that - they made an enquiry, a bid, they went through the official channels. It’s easy for us to say no.

“The players know what the situation is [regarding their prospects of being sold].”

Clarke also revealed that midfielder Graham Dorrans may be forced to remain at the Hawthorns, unless the club receive a suitable offer.

"It's not right if we say there is any interest," added Clarke.

"His situation is different. He was frustrated before Christmas because he wasn’t paying.

"He wanted to play regular football - he’s playing regular football now so maybe he’ll tough it out with us for the rest of the season."