Clarke dismisses talk of West Brom exit for QPR target Odemwingie

The Baggies manager has shrugged off speculation linking the Nigerian international with a move away from the Hawthorns during January, following interest from the Rs

West Brom manager Steve Clarke has dismissed speculation linking Peter Odemwingie with a move away from the club during the January transfer window. exclusively revealed that the 31-year-old was keen to engineer a move to QPR, who has previously had a £2.5 million bid rejected for the forward.

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However, Clarke has maintained that Odemwingie, who scored a late equaliser against Aston Villa on Saturday evening, is happy to remain at the Hawthorns.

"I've spoken to Peter I had a good chat with him and all he wanted to talk about was this game with Villa," Clarke told reporters.

"He wanted to put on a good performance and I think you saw he was motivated to play.

"I don't think that there's any decision in his mind [to make]. There was interest from QPR. Harry [Redknapp] told everybody!

"It doesn't unsettle good professionals, though. They understand that when it gets to January, it's silly season.

"Clubs come in, teams are linked with everyone. Someone saw me at Liverpool recently and assumed I was in for a Liverpool player. No-one will leave, there's no reason."

And West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster echoed his manager’s sentiments, praising goalscorer for capping off an impressive second-half comeback against Villa with his equaliser seven minutes from time.

"Peter can be frustrating at times," Foster added. "But other times he can be magical.

"That's the beauty of him; he can frustrate you but has so much skill and ability.

"In any case, we can't afford to let anybody go. We are struggling, we have had so many injuries. We've had only 13 or 14 training at times. Hopefully Peter won't be going anywhere."