Odemwingie defends himself over QPR bid
Published 01/02/2013 | 12:06
Peter Odemwingie has risked further angering West Brom by responding to their accusation that he acted "wholly unprofessionally" over his failed bid to move to QPR by claiming he joined the Baggies in similar circumstances three years ago.
Odemwingie was the centre of a bizarre incident on transfer deadline day after driving to Loftus Road in a bid to force through a move to QPR. However, Albion quickly released a statement saying Odemwingie was there without permission and QPR revealed they had refused him entry to their ground.
Albion chairman Jeremy Peace accused the Nigeria international, who still has 18 months on his deal at The Hawthorns, of acting "wholly unprofessionally". Odemwingie admitted he was perhaps a "little unprofessional" but defended himself by claiming the circumstances were not so different to when he joined West Brom from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2010.
"I came to this club (West Brom) in a wholly unprofessional way. I wasn't given any written permission by Lokomotiv Moscow but I arrived at this club. I did a medical, I don't think everything went so professional when I arrived," he told Sky Sports News.
Clarifying his comments, he said: "I'm saying that these things don't matter so much when adults are dealing with each other. I think there was a misunderstanding somewhere because I could have held my goodbyes to the (West Brom) players if I was told it is not going to happen."
Odemwingie added: "They (West Brom) didn't give me written permission, but you know we are in England and when you're gentlemen you understand each other so easily. In my opinion, everything was done right and at the last moment, I don't know what really happened, but I think other people can answer this question as well.
"We were almost there, the club were angry that I went there and it was on TV. They weren't angry that I went there, but when it came up on TV that's when they said that this deal is off and why did I do that. So I understand the club to be honest, it was a bit unprofessional but we all know our positions and we were almost there."
West Brom later confirmed that Odemwingie would not be involved in Sunday's home game with Tottenham. A club statement read: "Albion confirm that Peter Odemwingie reported for training. The player met with board members Dan Ashworth and Richard Garlick and head coach Steve Clarke for preliminary discussions which proved constructive.
"After the events of the past week, the club decided it is in the best interests of all parties that Peter is not involved in Sunday's game and he has been given permission to return home."
Meanwhile, Albion midfielder George Thorne will be out of action for up to eight months with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. The 20-year-old suffered the injury during Wednesday's Barclays Premier League encounter at Everton. Thorne has only recently broken into the first team after being recalled from a loan spell at Peterborough.