Transfer day became a soap opera for two Premier League clubs after Peter Odemwingie had thought he was headed to Queens Park Rangers. Instead, he will have to repair a few relationships as he will remain at West Bromwich Albion.
Odenwingie was caught on camera entering the grounds of Loftus Road, the home of Queens Park Rangers, early Thursday night as hours remained in the January transfer window. His arrival caught QPR officials off-guard and he was denied access to its offices.
The story actually began about two weeks ago, when West Brom officials refused Odemwingie’s transfer request. Then came his first burned bridge, a post directed at some fans on Twitter: “I can understand the reaction of a few Albion fans on my desire to leave the club. Real reason? Cos they once doubted my commitment.”
About Thursday’s events, wrote QPR fan Nick Clithroe on Twitter, “They could make a film out of this one.” How true.
On Thursday, Odemwingie claimed technical director Dan Ashworth told him he could leave the club if QPR made an offer of at least £3.5 million ($5.6 million). It appears it was, and Odemwingie reportedly said his goodbyes to his teammates — Problem No. 2.
The third group with whom Odemwingie will need to resolve matters will be West Brom officials. The deal broke down when the club wanted Junior Hoilett on a loan and for QPR to pay his salary during the loan. QPR owner Tony Fernandes rejected that demand. But once he arrived at Loftus Road, West Brom officials posted a statement on its website.
“The club can confirm they have held further discussions with QPR today, but those talks have so far proven fruitless,” according to the statement, which was posted at 7:50 p.m. UK time, three hours before the transfer deadline. It also noted West Brom had not given Odemwingie permission to meet with QPR officials.
To recap, Peter Odemwingie dissed West Brom fans and officials and embarrassed himself with his teammates. As another Twitter poster, known as Lewis, wrote, “Well, it might be a little bit awkward for Mr Odemwingie in the dressing room tomorrow.” Indeed.