Monday 11 December 2017

Baggies fury over Odemwingie antics

Jeremy Wilson

Queens Park Rangers broke their transfer record for the second time in three weeks to complete the £12.5m signing of Christopher Samba, but were then embroiled in a late dispute with West Bromwich Albion over Peter Odemwingie.

With QPR chairman Tony Fernandes sanctioning a major spending spree for the four successive transfer window, QPR quickly secured the signing of Samba before frantically trying to complete deals for Odemwingie and Tottenham's Jermaine Jenas.

Both players arrived at Loftus Road last night hoping to finalise personal terms, prompting West Brom to release a statement to say that Odemwingie did not have permission to speak with QPR. The two clubs had provisionally agreed a £3.5m fee, but negotiations had stalled on West Brom's desire to recruit Junior Hoilett on loan and have QPR continue to pay a significant proportion of his wages.

With Odemwingie having been interviewed live on 'Sky Sports News' about his prospective new challenge at QPR, West Brom released a statement saying that no deal had been done.

It read: "Albion have moved to clarify developments regarding Peter Odemwingie.

"The club can confirm they have held further discussions with QPR today, but those talks have so far proven fruitless and no agreement has been reached. Peter has not been given permission to speak to QPR about a potential move."

Odemwingie, who had previously posted a message on Twitter expressing his desire to leave West Brom, had already outlined his excitement about the prospect of joining QPR.

"I'm very optimistic that I will join QPR, it's a new chapter in my life, but it's not 100pc yet," he said.

Odemwingie was also quoted as saying that he had been told by Dan Ashworth, the West Brom technical director, that he could leave if a £3.5m fee was met. While Samba agreed personal terms worth £75,000 a week, it is understood that Odemwingie was to be offered £70,000 a week, however the deal was not finalised and Odemwingie now faces an uncertain future at West Brom.

Jenas also arrived at Loftus Road last night to complete his move from Tottenham on an 18-month deal.

To the delight of Redknapp, QPR had earlier competed the signing of Samba from Anzhi Makhachkala to add to previous deals for Loic Remy, Tal Ben Haim and Yun Suk Young. Samba signed a contract until 2017, which is believed to contain a substantial relegation clause.

"This is an unbelievable signing," said Redknapp. "Chris is just what we need – he's a monster."

QPR did also fail yesterday with a third and final bid of £5m for Stoke City's Peter Crouch. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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