Clarke’s side have enjoyed a remarkable start to the Premier League season and are currently in fifth place in the table despite have lost their last two games.
However, the Albion boss is braced to lose some of his key players to the Africa Cup of Nations in the new year, with Clarke expecting striker Peter Odemwingie to be called up by Nigeria and midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu to be included in Democratic Republic of Congo’s squad.
But Clarke is sure he will have money to spend should he be forced to bring in reinforcements in the January window.
“There’s a possibility we lose a couple of players to the Africa Cup of Nations, we could lose players to injury, but when we get closer to the end of the month we’ll start to make decisions,” said Clarke.
“I haven’t really discussed with the chairman [Jeremy Peace] about the way forward in January. That’s why we have a technical director. He’s the buffer. We have spoken about what we might need to do in January.
“If the chairman, Dan [Ashworth] and I decide we need to strengthen the squad, then we can do that. Is there money there? Yes, I think it is.”
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