Odemwingie: West Brom to blame
Peter Odemwingie has pointed the finger at West Bromwich Albion for his failure to secure a move to Queens Park Rangers. He has since been told to "take a few days off" after being sent home from training.
The striker was involved in the most extraordinary incident of the January transfer window, as he pitched up at QPR's Loftus Road ground on Thursday night - pictures broadcast on television - which prompted West Brom to issue a statement saying he did not have permission to speak to the R's.
The January window closed without Odemwingie securing a move and he has since returned back to West Brom and reported for training on Friday.
It is a remarkable turn of events and Odemwingie claims some bridges have been burnt over recent days. He believes that West Brom were ready to do a deal but, according to the player, they did not get a replacement on board.
"It takes more than two or three people to create something extraordinary," Odemwingie told Sky Sports News. "Clearly, there were no children involved and somewhere there was a big misunderstanding.
"I have learned that the role of the technical director is not superior to the chairman. As far as I am concerned, it takes two hours to drive to London and I had to be there as we were 90% there and the deal did not happen because of a player West Brom was expecting.
"Our technical director is way too good to make that mistake and not get a replacement for me. His last words to me were: 'Sorry, Peter, we did not get the replacement'. But I do not think that was what did not make this transfer happen."
On whether he was allowed to speak to QPR, Odemwingie said: "They did not give me permission but in England and when you are gentlemen, you understand each other."
Odemwingie claims he even said his goodbyes to players and staff at West Brom before heading down to London.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp said that he empathised with Odemwingie's situation, and revealed the sticking point in the deal proved to be one of his players refusing to move in the other direction on loan.
“I was just disappointed with the Odemwingie situation," he said. "I was disappointed for the boy. It was a bit of a mess. I felt genuinely sorry for him. He travelled down and I think he thought the deal was done and that’s why he turned up.
“He thought that he’d have a medical and get the forms signed. It was just a mistake. He’s now got to go back to West Brom and get on with his life. He’s not a bad lad. That was what disturbed me last night.
“He felt the done was done. I think the deal wouldn’t have been a problem - it was just a player was going to go the other way on loan and decided he didn’t want to go.
"Peter Odemwingie was a player we’d been trying to sign for several weeks and I think the player thought the deal was done. He wanted to be on the premises to get the deal done. Unfortunately he turned up on the premises and the cameras were there... he wasn’t the only player who turned up yesterday and didn’t get the deal done. I just hope the boy’s going to be okay because he is a good person."
On Friday morning, when Odemwingie arrived for training, he was sent home as West Brom looked to limit the damage caused by the affair.
The Nigeria international was told not to train and given several days off as the club consider how to deal with the 31-year-old and he will not be in the squad for the upcoming game against Tottenham
After holding a 40-minute meeting with Ashworth on Friday morning, he said: "I had a long chat with Dan and I have been given a few days off. I will be back for training next week."