West Brom hope to seal deal for Popov

Steve Clarke hopes to conclude the £2 million signing of Goran Popov next week when he returns to duties at West Bromwich Albion.

Head coach Clarke returns from a short break on Monday and is determined to see some positive moves in the transfer market - after being frustrated by delays over new contracts for Youssouf Mulumbu and Shane Long.

He has made signing left-back Popov one of his priorities, following the defender's loan spell from Dynamo Kiev last season.

The Macedonia international remains under contract with Kiev for another two seasons, but would prefer a permanent switch to the Hawthorns and negotiations are under way between all parties.

Kiev are understood to want in excess of the £2 million valuation Albion have placed on the head of the 28-year-old and other clubs have expressed an interest.

Albion are notoriously hard negotiators and will not be forced to pay more than they feel is reasonable and will move on to other targets if an agreement cannot be struck.

Popov would prefer to remain with the club on a permanent basis after impressing last season, but everything hinges on Kiev's financial demands.

His agent, Alen Augustincic, confirmed Popov would not hesitate in signing permanently, saying: "Goran was and is very happy in England and especially at West Bromwich Albion. He feels well and at home there. We are in concrete and good talks with West Bromwich Albion and some other clubs are also interested.

"But West Bromwich Albion made it clear that they want to keep him and Goran also made it clear to me that he wants to stay there. Now we are in talks with Dynamo Kiev to see how it could work out."