Steve Clarke hoping to strengthen squad

Steve Clarke West Brom BossWest Brom boss Steve Clarke says he hopes to hang on to his star names and add to the squad during what he feels will be a busy summer.

The Baggies manager has enjoyed an excellent first season in charge at the Hawthorns, keeping the West Midlands club well away from the relegation zone and in with a chance of a top-eight finish.

Having been one of the surprise packages in the Premier League this term Clarke expects the vultures to descend on West Brom in the hope of snapping up a bargain.

The ongoing Peter Odemwingie saga has given the Scot an insight into what he can potentially expect this summer after the Nigerian’s action in January.

Clarke says he hopes to avoid a similar situation and is keeping his fingers crossed the majority of his close-season business will involve players coming inwards.

“I’ve said before that in an ideal world, it’ll be fine-tuning,” he said. “But you don’t know what will happen over the summer.

“Maybe there are some players who are hiding some feelings and maybe they want to move on. Maybe there are some players that other clubs will try and take off you and they will unsettle. It happened to us in January.

“You never know these things but in an ideal world, three or four players added to that squad would keep us moving in the right direction. It is up to us to find the right players.”

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