West Brom stars are going nowhere in January, insists Clarke

The Baggies manager has been swift to dismiss transfer speculation concerning his star players, warning potential suitors no-one will be leaving the Hawthorns in the New Year
West Brom manager Steve Clarke insists there will be no January departures from West Brom.

Several players have caught the eye of other clubs thanks to Albion's remarkable early season form, which sees the Baggies occupying fifth place in the Premier League.

Despite the potential profit Albion could make on their stars, Clarke insists he will not be letting anyone go - especially with Peter Odemwingie and Youssuf Mulumbu departing in January on African Cup of Nations' duty.

"I've not got any thoughts on January," the Scot told reporters. "As far as I'm concerned, it will take care of itself.

"I'm happy with what I've got. I'll have that squad in January. I might lose one or two to the African Nations' Cup but I'm comfortable with what I have here to cover it.

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"I don't think anyone is going to be leaving this club in January."

Clarke also revealed he has had no contact with Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez over Romelu Lukaku's loan-move from the Blues.

The Champions League holders could activate a clause during the transfer window recalling Lukaku to Stamford Bridge, but Clarke is confident of keeping the Belgian at the Hawthorns.

"I've only seen what Mr Benitez has said in the papers myself," Clarke continued. "It does intimate that he won't be called back but I've not heard anything from them."'