Steve Clarke is hoping strike pairing Shane Long and Saido Berahino sign contract extensions with West Brom in the near future, reports Sky Sports.

Long bagged two goals on Monday night in West Brom's derby day encounter against Aston Villa, which ended 2-2. The 26-year-old has now scored three times this season in nine games in the league.

But with recent performances the 50-year-old manager believes it his off the ball play as well that is making the Irishman a top performer this season:

"Shane Long's performance against Chelsea was one everyone spoke about, but I believe Shane has a future with this club," said Clarke.

The Irishman has played 75 times for the Baggies scoring 19 times, but it is the work-rate and commitment which makes this striker such an important player to West Brom.

While Berahino has burst onto the scene for the Baggies, playing seven games in the league and scoring against both Crystal Palace and Manchester United, along with netting four goals in two games in the League Cup.

The 20-year-old has been tipped with a bright future ahead of him, having scored six goals in four games for the England Under 21's under Gareth Southgate.

Clarke distinguished how the Berhaino deal is almost done, and it is a good deal for the young England Under 21 star:

"As far as I am aware we have made him a really good offer. It's a good deal," added Clarke.

The Burundi-born striker has been on loan to a number of clubs including Peterborough United and Northampton, but the striker has seemed to find his feet under the former Chelsea assistant.

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