West Brom have opened up talks with Peter Osaze Odemwingie over a new contract, however nothing will be finalised until late next week according to the player’s agent.
The Baggies ace is currently out of the country but is hoping to complete a deal through his representative, David Omigie, who sat down for early negotiations with the club on Friday.
Talks were due to begin last week but they were put on hold as Albion chairman Jeremy Peace and sporting director Dan Ashworth were both unavailable for different personal reasons.
Manager Roy Hodgson is desperate to keep hold of the 15-goal hotshot but will face an extended wait to see if his prized asset agrees to new terms at The Hawthorns.
“We are now in negotiations with the club but there’s still a long way to go,” said Omigie.
“We have started now, yes, but we will be busy talking all through next week.”
Albion’s highest ever Premier League scorer has been linked with a move to Arsenal but the club has had no contact or inquiries from the Gunners or any other club.
At present the Nigerian, who turns 30 next month, is on holiday in America having spent the past few weeks in Russia and South Africa.
Hodgson allowed him to finish the season a week earlier than the rest of his teammates because he hadn’t had a proper break for almost two seasons.
To entice the striker into extending his stay in the Midlands, Albion are ready to offer him a significant pay rise to secure his long-term future after his stunning debut Premier League season.
He is likely to be offered wages between £35-40k per week and could become the club’s highest-paid player.
SOURCE: Complete Sports