Nigerian Peter Odemwingie wants to leave for money
Peter Odemwingie has been a firm favourite at West Bromwich Albion for three seasons, since his move from Lokomotiv Moscow for £2.5 million back in 2010, producing some of his best football in his career with the West Midlands team.
In his two full seasons at the club, the Nigerian international has reached double figures, 15 goals in 2010-2011 and 10 last season, helping the club to reach 11th and 10th respectively.
This season has seen Steve Clarke, in his first senior managerial position, pushing West Brom higher than before with the club currently in 8th after 23 games.
Odemwingie has scored five in 18 league games, including a brace against Southampton and the winner against Chelsea in November.
It now seems the forward wants move away from West Brom with a formal transfer request rejected last week amidst a £3 million bid from Queens Park Rangers that was turned down.
An improved offer from the London side was again rejected showing the club’s determination to keep all their first-team players.
The Baggies’ technical director told BBC Sport: “As we have repeatedly stated, we have no need or desire to sell our core players.
“Since we turned down Peter’s transfer request, he has made his position clear in a statement to the media and via his personal Twitter account. This matter will be dealt with internally.”
The forward showed his discontent on the social media site Twitter and though he later removed the tweets the damage had already been done.
Last week Odemwingie stated his reasons for wanting a move to QPR.
Odemwingie told BBC Sport: “At this stage of my career, this opportunity may not come around again,” said the striker.
“A new challenge, a new opportunity and a chance to play under the stewardship of one of the most respected managers in the game.”
The suggested transfer seems baffling, with West Brom currently sitting just four points off of a Europa League place, while QPR sit rock-bottom of the league, and having suffered a humiliating 4-2 defeat at home to League One side MK Dons in the FA Cup.
It is similar to the decision by France striker Loic Remy to transfer from Marseille to Harry Redknapp’s side despite teams such as Newcastle United wanting him.
The only reason can be for the money. It was reported that the French striker is on more than £70k per week.
With Peter Odemwingie likely to get a similar wage packet if he was to move, then his desire for more money would be shown as his main reason for leaving the Hawthorns.