West Brom boss Steve Clarke has a £1.7 million deal set up for loan star Morgan Amalfitano with Marseille.

Albion agreed the fee in advance of taking the Frenchman for the season and now the Baggies want to seal a permanent move.

Classy Amalfitano scorer of a brilliant goal against Manchester United is willing to sign on full-time if terms can be agreed with him.

Amalfitano is on £40000-a-week and looking for a long-term contract at the Hawthorns - but Clarke is encouraging the deal.

West Brom's money men had talks with Amalfitano yesterday about making sure that he stays - with rivals alerted by his form since joining before the window shut.