West Brom ‘are in a good position’ to take loan striker Romelu Lukaku back to the Hawthorns next season, according to Steve Clarke.
The Baggies boss snapped up 19-year-old Lukaku on loan last summer and the youngster has been a huge success at the Hawthorns with 13 Premier League goals to his name to date.
Clarke has always maintained that he would like to take Lukaku on loan for another season, although Swansea and Italian side Fiorentina have emerged as potential suitors with both able to offer the player European football.
Chelsea are also waiting to see who replaces interim coach Rafael Benitez in the summer – and if they are successful in bringing in another striker – which would allow Lukaku to be loaned out again.
But Clarke is in no doubt that Albion will be at the front of the queue if the opportunity to re-sign Lukaku emerges.
He told the Birmingham Mail: “Nobody knows where he will be next season even though I keep getting asked this.
“Next season the parent club will decide whether to keep him or let him go out on loan.
“All I would say is that if he goes back out on loan I think we’re in a good position to get him again.
“He loves it here, he’s been positive about the club, he’s been nominated for young player of the year, which tells you that he’s had a good season, so I think he will be happy here.”
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