In Olsson’s case, a source close to him said it was a decision for personal reasons but Odemwingie’s motives for handing in a transfer request seem a little stranger.
The only reason the striker could possibly want to leave has to be because someone has told him he can get a much better deal than he currently enjoys at West Brom.
It can’t be a football decision because there is no guarantee he’d get a higher ratio of games at QPR than he is currently getting at West Brom; he’s started 12 games this season and featured five times as a sub.
If various press sources are to be believed then Odemwingie would have even more competition for a starting role at QPR.
So far West Brom have stayed quite tight lipped over his desire to get away but it will be difficult for them to stop him from moving now that it’s reached the point of a transfer request.
If it does come off, and there’s a good chance it now will, then QPR are getting a striker with Premier League experience who likes nothing better than to score goals.
This will be the biggest pulling factor for current QPR boss Harry Redknapp who has focused on scoring goals as one of the only ways he is going to get the London side out of trouble before the end of the season.
Goal.com has reported that as things stand, QPR are due to take over Odemwingie’s contract which is currently worth £40,000 per week and expires in 18 months.
They will add a bonus onto his current deal if the club stays up which will also trigger a 12 month extension and this may include a slight wage increase.
As for the future of Olsson at West Brom, it looks as though he will stay with the club until at least the end of the season.
The Mirror reported earlier in the week that Olsson was not on a list of players who would be allowed to leave the club this January, a list which only contained the name of Graham Dorrans.
West Brom fans, how do you feel about this whole affair? QPR fans, do you want Odemwingie at your club?
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