Swans target Peter Odemwingie '50-50' to move on from Baggies
STEVE Clarke reckons there is 50-50 chance of Swansea City target Peter Odemwingie leaving West Brom today.
Outcast Odemwingie has not trained with the Albion first team all season and is interesting a string of clubs including Cardiff and Stoke City.
But Clarke, who is desperate to strengthen his frontline, reckons there is no guarantee Odemwingie will leave.
"I have no idea what the latest with Peter is — the deals are for the chairman and chief executive," said the Albion boss.
"Will he leave? I think it is 50-50. We have targets we are chasing. We have people we want to bring in and for us it's a case of getting those deals done.
"The club are working hard to make us better and more competitive. I need some players in the forward areas who are going to give us a bit of extra quality."
Clarke reckoned Albion's lack of firepower was key to their home defeat by Swansea yesterday.
Michael Laudrup's men were the more progressive side and created enough chances to win the game by some distance.
As it was goals from Ben Davies and Pablo Hernandez saw Swansea take the points — but Clarke reckoned there was little between the teams.
"We played some good football — we knocked it round well," the Scot added.
"It was a game between two sides who play football the right way, but Swansea just had a little more cutting edge on the day and that was the difference.
"We had a couple of chances before they went ahead. If one of them had gone in, it could have been different.
"But we know if we don't score we won't win games, and we know that you normally need between 40 and 50 Premier League goals to be in the division again next season.
"We need to find some goals. We got into some good positions against Swansea, but we didn't show enough conviction to create enough chances or to take them."
Hernandez struck late on to seal Swansea's win after the visitors had wasted a number of opportunities to cement their lead.
But Clarke added: "The second goal was a consequence of the changes I made to try to chase the game.
"We were 1-0 down and I put two forwards on to try to get us back into it, and that cost us because Swansea were able to break away and score.
"But if I had let the game peter out to a 1-0 defeat, I think that would have been a mistake as well."