Clarke has revealed he sought the advice of Manchester United boss David Moyes before he made a move for Anichebe.
"I spoke to David, just to ask him one or two things - not just about Victor, but other players too," said Clarke.
"It was two or three weeks before the window closed but we spoke about a number of players, including Victor.
"He spoke very well about Victor and other players.
"Normally when you're after a player you try to speak to people who have worked with that player before.
"I made calls about Amalfitano at Marseille, because I knew people who had worked with Morgan.
"I made calls about Stephane (Sessegnon) - it's what we do as managers.
"Victor was a player I wanted. I felt his attributes would complement the players we had at the club."
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