Steve Clarke keen for Odemwingie to stay with West Brom

The Baggies manager is hopeful that the 31-year-old striker will stay at the Hawthorns despite his twitter outburst against the club and has criticised the player's advisers

West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke is eager to keep Peter Odemwingie at the club despite the Nigerian forward's recent Twitter outbursts, though criticised the player's representatives.

The 31-year-old striker is wanted by QPR and the club have rejected two bids from the Loftus Road club in addition to rejecting a transfer request from the former Lokomotiv Moscow attacker, who is keen to join Harry Redknapp’s side.

Odemwingie has created a great deal of controversy after publicly criticising the west Midlands club and it’s fans through Twitter, but Clarke remains eager to retain his services.

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"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 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."