Saturday 14 December 2019

Redknapp targets west brom outcast odemwingie

AFTER suffering a humiliating exit at the hands of MK Dons on Saturday, Queens Park Rangers are preparing an improved £3.25m bid for Peter Odemwingie, who will be fined two weeks' wages by West Brom after launching an extraordinary attack on the club.

Odemwingie is determined to leave the Hawthorns this week and is facing a £70,000 punishment after a series of controversial messages on his Twitter account. He has criticised Albion for turning down his transfer request and accused the club of a lack of respect after they rejected a bid from Rangers.

But Harry Redknapp, the QPR manager, is set to return with another offer in the next 48 hours to test West Brom's resolve as he attempts to strengthen his squad before Thursday's transfer deadline.

QPR are bottom of the Premier League and 19 points behind Albion but Odemwingie has admitted he is flattered by Redknapp's interest. He tweeted: "Best compliment I have ever received in my carrier [sic] as a player. Manager like HR spending to bring me for mission 'impossible'."

Steve Clarke, Albion's head coach, has insisted that no players will be leaving the club this month.

Redknapp was furious with his team's limp capitulation on Saturday which saw them trail 4-0 after an hour, with two late consolations failing to quell his fury.

"There's no excuse for conceding four goals at home to MK Dons – it's disgusting.

"I played the players that haven't been playing recently," Redknapp said. "It answered a lot of questions. I already knew the answers to those questions, but for some it confirmed it.

"A lot of them have been knocking on my door telling me that they should be in the team. I gave them the chance and this is the problem – we're not strong enough."

Defender Anton Ferdinand – who was at fault for MK Dons' second goal – is in talks with Turkish side Bursaspor over a potential loan move.

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