Baggies open Mulumbu talks

DR Congo international primed to land improved deal

Mulumbu: Could be rewarded with another deal following a successful campaign

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West Brom are reportedly holding contract talks with last season's player of the year Youssouf Mulumbu.

The DR Congo international was inspirational for the Baggies last season as manager Roy Hodgson's side comfortably retained their top-flight status having finished eight points clear of third-from-bottom Birmingham City.

Mulumbu has two years remaining on his existing Hawthorns contract, however, the club are keen to reward him for an excellent campaign.

The 24-year-old's displays had been attracting interest from elsewhere, and West Brom have been quick to play down the talks have come out to fend off the circling vultures.

It is the third new deal on the table in just over 12 months for 24-year-old Mulumbu.

He signed an extended contract last June and then another improved two-and-a-half-year deal - plus a year's option in the club's favour - in January.

Mulumbu has proved to be one of the Premier League's bargain buys, costing Albion just £175,000 when moving from Paris St Germain in 2009 after an initial trial period.

Albion are continuing to hold negotiations with Peter Odemwingie, who netted 15 goals last season, over a new contract.

He is also set to return to international football with Nigeria after ending his dispute with head coach Samson Siasia.