Thursday 14 November 2019

Peter Odemwingie 'given a few days off' following transfer deadline day farce

Peter Odemwingie has been released from training with his West Bromwich Albion team-mates after saying that it is only "a matter of time" before he leaves the Hawthorns following his transfer deadline day farce.

"I've had a chat with Dan Ashworth this morning and the club will say more later," said Odemwingie. "I have been given a few days off and will be back in training next week."

Odemwingie was left high and dry on Thursday night after driving to Loftus Road, apparently believing that a deal for him to join Queens Park Rangers had been agreed.

QPR clearly believed a deal was possible but when West Bromwich refused to give Odemwingie permission to talk to Rangers the deal collapsed. West Brom were highly critical of the player, with chairman Jeremy Peace saying he had acted “wholly unprofessionally”.

Odemwingie responded on Friday morning, telling Sky Sports News that he was not wholly responsible for the confusion. He admitted that he did not have written permission to talk to QPR but claimed he had been given the impression he was free to talk to QPR by West Brom’s technical director.

The 31 year-old forward also said he had tried to make the deal happen by offering to give up his bonus of £300,000 to help fund a swap deal with a QPR player, thought to be Junior Hoilett.

He also claimed that his previous club, Lokomotiv Moscow, did not give him written permission to talk to West Brom, suggesting that his current employers were applying double standards.

“There were no children involved in this,” he said. “I think it takes more than two or three people to create something extraordinary, I am not the only one that can answer this question.

“I went to London because we were 90 per cent there and the deal did not happen because another player did not want to go [from QPR]. Our technical director is way too good to make that mistake, his last words to me were ‘Sorry, we did not get a replacement.’

“They did not give me written permission but we are in England and you are gentlemen you understand each other.”

Asked if he believed Dan Ashworth had given him permission to leave Odemwingie said: “Yes, he can deny it because he has to look good in this situation. But we will find a way forward for everyone now, but the truth is that it went wrong and he told me a few days ago that we could have handled this differently.

Odemwingie said that having received what he believed was consent to talk to QPR he said his goodbyes and drove south. when he got to Loftus Road he heard that the deal was on hold because of a dispute about who would pay the wages of the QPR player West Brom wanted in return, thought to be Hoilett.

“I said it is a bit late, we have burned some bridges, but yesterday we found an agreement and the only question for everyone was the player they [WBA] wanted from QPR, who was going to pay his wages.

“I had to hold on but was willing to give some of my contract because this was never about money, but my professional desire. I was ready to give my bonus, I have £300,00 from the points we have won so far, I offered that too. But it was never about money, I am confused, I don;t really know what happened.”

Asked about Peace’s allegation of a lack of professionalism he said: “I joined this club in a totally unprofessional way. I was not given written permission from Locomotiv Moscow when I cam here for the medical. These things don’t happen when adults deal with each other.”

Asked about the future Odemwingie said he would “continue to perform” but that it was inevitable that he would leave.

“I believe that if West Bromwich bring me back here they think there is a way out in which I can be back on the pitch giving my best to the team. I love the club, I love the fans, I did perform here and I will always love the club. I will still leave, it is just a matter of time now.

“I am an adult, I know I have to honour my contract but the club know I want to leave. The £3.5m they were offered was a fair deal, they got me for half that. We are not enemies, it is about football, nothing illegal happened. It may be a bit unprofessional, but we still nearly got there.”

Harry Redknapp, the QPR manager, said he felt sorry for Odemwingie.

"I wasn't at all disappointed yesterday as I felt we made some fantastic signings," Redknapp said. "I was just disappointed the way the Peter Odemwingie situation went. I was disappointed for the boy.

"The whole thing was a bit of a mess. I felt genuinely sorry for him. I think there was a mistake. He travelled down and I think he thought the deal was done and that is why he turned up.

"I think he thought 'I better get down, have the medical, sign the forms' - it was just a mistake.

"It is now difficult as he has to go back to West Brom and get on with his life.

"It wasn't easy. He is not a bad lad, he is a nice, nice boy and that is what disturbed me last night, that he got himself into that situation and there was nothing sort of malicious in it.

"I don't think the deal would have been problem, it is just a player [Junior Hoilett] was going to go on loan the other way and decided he didn't want to go.

"The kid ended up turning up at QPR and it didn't happen."

By Paul Kelso,

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