West Brom boss Clarke wants Anelka situation resolved

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke says that he is anxious to have talks with Nicolas Anelka over the Frenchman’s future with the club, according to ESPN.

The 34-year-old left training last week following the death of his agent, Eric Manasse, and the striker reportedly told Clarke that he wanted to quit playing football in the wake of the news.

The Baggies’ attacking ranks were further depleted during Tuesday’s 3-0 Capital One Cup triumph over Newport County when Matej Vydra left the match with a hamstring problem. Clarke states that he is keen to have discussions with Anelka over his future, especially with the transfer deadline looming.

The Nicolas Anelka situation hasn’t really changed but I’m conscious time is short before the window closes and we have to get it sorted,” said Clarke.

Meanwhile Shane Long is understood to be set to have talks with the club over a contract extension, whilst Clarke has also revealed his desire to sign another goalkeeper following the loss of Ben Foster for 12 weeks.

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