Clarke: Strong chance of West Brom keeping Chelsea loanee Lukaku

The 49-year-old has revealed that the Baggies hope to extend the Belgian’s temporary stay over the summer, and insisted the “sky is the limit” for the hard-working teenager

West Brom manager Steve Clarke has revealed that he is hopeful of extending Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku’s loan stay at the club.

The Belgium international has been the club’s star man this season, netting 12 goals in the Premier League as the Baggies have defied expectations to sit comfortably in the top half.

And, despite speculation suggesting that Fernando Torres will leave Stamford Bridge in the near future, the Scot is optimistic about securing the youngster’s services for another year.

“It’s something that will come up for discussion in the summer,” he told reporters. “Chelsea are his parent club, he is their player and they will decide what they want to do first and foremost.

“Then after that, hopefully we will get a chance to put ourselves in the hat. If Chelsea want to leave him out for another season somewhere I think we would have a strong chance of getting him back here, but it is a discussion for the summer.”

The west London outfit paid Anderlecht £18 million for the now 19-year-old in 2011, but the forward has only ever made one Premier League start in a Blues jersey.

Clarke described how his parent club’s desire to loan him out has benefited all involved, while praising the young Belgian for a work ethic which he believes can help him become one of the best around.

“Chelsea saw it as a long-term investment,” he added. “We’re just pleased that he chose to come to us to get more minutes on the pitch, to get time played in the Premier League. It’s a package that’s been good for all three parties.

“For such a young player the sky is the limit. It’s refreshing for me as a coach to work with a young player with the attitude that he wants to be the best and improve every day.

“He’s one of those players I have to drag in off the training field and say ‘you need to get inside now, go and have a shower and get ready for tomorrow’s session’.”

Alexis Sanchez would fit in well at Juventus, says Asamoah

The Ghana international would welcome the winger with open arms if they were to be reunited at the Old Lady next season

Kwadwo Asamoah believes that Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez would be a good signing for Juventus amid ongoing speculation that the Chile international could be on his way to Turin this summer.

The Chile international has struggled for consistency since joining the Catalans from Udinese in the summer of 2011, and was heavily linked with a move to Juve in the winter transfer window.

The Bianconeri are allegedly still interested in the 24-year-old, and Asamoah would welcome his former Zebrette team-mate with open arms at the reigning Serie A champions.

“Alexis is a player with great qualities. He is incredibly quick,” Asamoah was quoted as saying by Corriere dello Sport.

“He could give us a helping hand if he were to make the move to Juventus.”

Sanchez has a contract with Barcelona until June 2016.

Russian agent Seluk hints at Fulham move for Arshavin

The 31-year-old has not started a Premier League game this term, and after a January move to Reading did not materalise the midfielder is thought to be keen to stay in London

Russian agent Dimitri Seluk has claimed that Arsenal misfit Andrey Arshavin could be in line for a summer move to Fulham.

The 31-year-old has failed to start a single Premier League game this season, with his 79 minutes of league football being stretched over seven substitute appearances.

Goal.com exclusively revealed in December that Arshavin was closing in on a move to Reading, only for the move to fail to materialise – and Seluk now believes a move to fellow Londoners Fulham is likely during pre-season.

“Top English clubs won’t take him,” Seluk told Sports.ru.

“And considering the fact that he doesn’t want to leave London, the next club for Arshavin will be Fulham or something like that.”

Arshavin and his family are believed to be settled in the capital and would prefer to extend their time in England rather than head permanently back to Russia, despite ongoing interest from former club Zenit St Petersburg.

Borussia Dortmund confirm Lewandowski exit

Club sporting director Michael Zorc has revealed that the forward will not extend his current contract, and is likely to leave at the end of the season or the summer of 2014

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has confirmed that striker Robert Lewandowski will not extend his contract at the club.

The Poland international has long been linked with a move away from the Bundesliga champions, with Bayern Munich and Manchester United thought to be at the front of the queue for his signature.

Zorc confirmed to Sky Deutschland on Wednesday that the player will not extend his current deal at Signal-Iduna-Park, and that he will likely leave at the end of the current season or after the 2013/14 season.

“Robert will not renew his contract, he will leave either this summer or in the summer of 2014,” he said.

The news is likely to have caught the attention of officials at both Bayern and United, although Lewandowski is unlikely to be short of suitors following his form for Dortmund over recent seasons.

Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer claimed earlier this week that Jupp Heynckes’s side do not need the 24-year-old due to the forward options already at their disposal, although he confessed he would be happy to see the player make the move.

Lewandowski joined Jurgen Klopp’s side in the summer of 2010 in a €4.75 million move from Lech Poznan.

BREAKING NEWS: Dortmund confirm Lewandowski exit

Feb 27, 2013 8:50:00 PM

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has confirmed that striker Robert Lewandowski will not extend his contract at the club.

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