West Brom boss Steve Clarke today insisted want-away striker Peter Odemwingie could stay at the Hawthorns beyond the summer.
Clarke believes the rebel forward could be with the Baggies next season despite his January fall-out with club officials and fans.
Odemwingie, who angered supporters with a transfer request before driving to QPR on deadline day in a bid to force through a move, hinted strongly on Twitter at the end of January that he would still depart in the summer.
A summer transfer still appears likely with the Nigeria international having cited a fall-out with previous boss Roy Hodgson as the reason for his demands.
But, asked whether the 31-year-old could remain next season, Clarke said: “Yes, why not? He has got a year left on his contract.
“Things happen and then life moves on. There is a possibility, yes, as he is under contract for another year. But it is not a conversation I’ve had with Peter. He is still trying to get back into the team.
“It’s a question for Peter. I was asked whether there was a chance he could stay in the summer and obviously I have to say ‘yes’ because he has a year left on his contract.”
Odemwingie will hope to start for the first time since the end of January when the Baggies face Swansea at The Hawthorns.
They are likely to be without Ireland striker Shane Long, who has aggravated an ankle injury, but captain Chris Brunt is available again after his own ankle problem.
Romelu Lukaku is back after being ineligible to face Chelsea last week while Goran Popov is available after suspension.