Steve Clarke has been told funds will be available in January to help try and sustain West Brom's flying start to the season.

The Baggies have lost their last two games but are still lying in fifth spot in the Barclays Premier League. Clarke could lose striker Peter Odemwingie and midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu in the New Year to the African Nations Cup with Nigeria and DR Congo respectively.

But head coach Clarke has already spoken with Albion sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth about possible replacements. He said: "There's a possibility we lose a couple of players to the African Nations Cup, we could lose players to injury, but when we get closer to the end of the month we'll start to make decisions."

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