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Odemwingie's Embarrassing Non-Transfer to QPR

  • BBC Sport, Friday, February 1, 2013 10:56 AM

By far the most bizarre episode of transfer deadline day occurred at Loftus Road on Thursday, as West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie showed up at the home of Queens Park Rangers thinking the two sides had worked out a transfer fee, when in fact, they had not. The 31-year-old arrived thinking he was about to discuss personal terms, but was instead turned away.

"I am a very emotional person who sometimes doesn't think," Odemwingie told Sky Sports News on Friday. "I will still leave the club. It is only a matter of time." The Nigerian, who wrote a letter to West Brom management last month asking for a transfer, was turned away when he appeared at the club’s training ground on Friday; he was told to return next week.

"It was unfortunate really. Wires got crossed somewhere," QPR coach Harry Redknapp said of the incident. "We were trying to sign him and the lad thought a fee had been agreed between the two clubs. It hadn't - there was still some haggling going on. He's a good lad - it was just a mistake. That one is dead."

Following the Thursday’s events, West Brom Chairman Jeremy Peace was outspoken in his contempt of Odemwingie’s actions. "Peter has acted wholly unprofessionally,” he said. “The only way we would have considered letting Peter leave was if an acceptable offer was forthcoming and if we had found a suitable replacement at relatively short notice.” Peace added: “Neither materialized and, in the end, the matter became a point of principle as much as anything. He must now accept the fact he remains under contract for a further 18 months and has to focus on his Albion commitments."

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