West Bromwich Albion are continuing talks over a new deal for Peter Odemwingie, despite increasing speculation over his future.
The Baggies striker has been negotiating a new deal since the end of last season.
Odemwingie has one year left on his current contract, with a 12-month option in the club’s favour beyond that.
I understand the Nigerian’s representatives are seeking a package in the region of around £55,000 per week.
Albion have raised their wage bill significantly since last summer’s promotion to try to be competitve in the Premier League, but they are highly unlikely to stretch to the terms being currently sought by Odemwingie’s agent.
Despite the posturing, which is merely part of the negotiation process, there is a will on both sides to try to reach an agreement.
Wigan have already had an offer of just under £4million rejected, with Spurs also being linked with the 30-year-old - although I understand they are currently prioritising other players.
Regardless of whether he signs a new deal or not, the Baggies have no intention of selling Odemwingie and would seek a huge fee for his signature.
The striker remains a firm favourite at the Hawthorns, with Roy Hodgson making it clear he regarded the player as a key member of his first team squad.
Even so, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has admitted that he is keen to take the player to the DW Stadium.
“I don’t know what will happen on that one,” said the Spaniard.
“He’s obviously a player we like which is why we made the bid, but the club that owns the player has the right to do what they like - and that happens in football.”
Meanwhile, the Baggies remain on standby for a response from Owen Hargreaves, who has been offered a structured deal by the club.
Other clubs are monitoring his situation, including Leicester.
Although the Foxes have not formally made him an offer, boss Sven-Goran Eriksson remains a fan.
“I spoke to him finally one week ago,” said Eriksson.
“He knows if he wants to come he is more than welcome but for now we have not made an offer to him at all.
“We have taken in Michael Johnson and Gelson Fernandes so it is not a priority position.
“Owen is a fantastic player if he is fit. If he wants to come he will phone me for sure.”