Odemwingie turned away from QPR after arriving unannounced
22:07 31 January 2013
Transfer news: The Peter Odemwingie QPR transfer saga took a bizarre twist tonight when the striker turned up at Loftus Road unnanounced, suggesting he was about to seal a deal, only to be turned away.
Manager Harry Redknapp has been heavily linked with the West Bromwich Albion forward all month but the Baggies rejected a number of bids and announced he was not for sale.
The R’s boss still held hope this morning that a deal could be reached and this afternoon said he was interested in signing Odemwingie and Tottenham duo Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend.
While he was speaking, the 31-year-old drove to London and addressed a waiting media scrum, but he was immediately contradicted by West Brom who issued a statement to say he had not been granted permission to speak with Rangers.
QPR then said that Albion’s story was correct and that the Nigerian had turned up at Lotus Road “unannounced” and that he had “been denied access to Loftus Road”.
The stories of both clubs appear to suggest that Odemwingie is trying to force a move through, with his arrival in the capital the latest in a long line of attempts to make a switch happen.
Last week he had a lengthy outburst about the situation on Twitter, but when speaking tonight he suggested everything was sorted.
He told Sky Sports News: “It’s fine. West Brom was my home but this is a new chapter. I love West Brom and always will.
“I am optimistic. A few good players have arrived here (at QPR) and I am happy with the trust Harry Redknapp has in me.
“The last few results have given us a chance to stay up. I don’t think the owners will bring in so many players if they don’t think it will happen.
“I hope West Brom are happy with what they will get and they hope to get players themselves.”
While Odemwingie was in front of the cameras, Redknapp was giving an interview to London Call-In, during which he confirmed his interest in Odemwingie, Jenas and Townsend.
“Peter Odemwingie has pace, great movement,” Redknapp said. “I like him and is a player that has always given us problems when I was at Tottenham
“I think if we can get Odemwingie he would be a great signing for us, but whether we can pull it off I am not sure.”
In a further twist, West Brom then released a statement confirming that while they had spoken to Odemwingie - the subject of two failed bids from QPR this window - the player had not been told he could enter dialogue.
“Albion have moved to clarify developments regarding Peter Odemwingie after the striker was filmed a short while ago arriving at Loftus Road,” they said.
“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
“Albion would also like to make clear that Peter has not been given permission to speak to QPR about a potential move.”
The remarkable situation has somewhat overshadowed the big deal QPR have completed which was the club record transfer fee spent to capture of centre-half Chris Samba.
That was confirmed this morning, with the former Blackburn man moving from Anzhi Makhachkala after Rangers triggered a release clause, believed to be in the region of £10million.