Steve Clarke eager for Nicolas Anelka talks

Nicolas Anelka of West Bromwich Albion in action during the pre season friendly match between Puskas FC Academy and West Bromwich Albion at the Varosi Stadium on July 22, 2013
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West Brom boss Steve Clarke reveals that he is keen to hold talks with Nicolas Anelka over the striker's future.

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke has revealed that he wants to hold talks with Nicolas Anelka over the striker's future.

The Frenchman is considering whether to retire from football following the recent death of his agent.

Clarke is now eager to meet with the 34-year-old to decide whether he needs to find cover before the end of the transfer window.

"We have to arrange a meeting as quickly as we can to get it sorted," the Scot told the Express & Star. "I have to sit down and speak to Nicolas.

"We have to get in touch with him or he has to get in touch with us to see how he is and where he's at. As quickly as possible, we need to have that chat."

Anelka joined West Brom on a free transfer over the summer after a brief spell with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

Steve Clarke of West Bromwich Albion looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on August 17, 2013
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