Queens Park Rangers will have to try harder if they want to sign Peter Odemwingie after a £2 million bid was rejected.
That bid is thought to have been in the region of £2 million, far below what West Brom see as a fair price for one of their best strikers.
West Brom have also made it perfectly clear that they have no desire to offload Odemwingie during the January transfer window. The forward handed in a transfer request yesterday, which was flatly refused by the club. This means QPR will have to double their efforts if they want to force through a move by the end of the month.
“Last summer there were supposedly players leaving but we kept hold of most of them. We don't have to sell any of our players. It's well documented about Peter. We had an offer and we don't intend to sell,” said West Brom’s sporting and technical director Richard Garlick.
Garlick has also gone on to say that at no point have the club kept Odemwingie in the dark over the interest the club has received for his transfer.
Therefore, you have to look at the motives behind a possible move to QPR and question the desire of the player to leave West Brom in the first place.
If QPR genuinely want him, regardless of the fact they’ve now signed Loic Remy, they need to first of all substantially increase the fee they are willing to pay, to a point where West Brom will never get a better offer.
They then need to use their obvious resources to offer the striker better personal terms than he is currently enjoying at the Baggies. This seems to be the reason they managed to poach Remy from under the noses of Newcastle United.
Odemwingie has shown interest in a move but it doesn’t make any sense considering the respective league positions of West Brom and QPR. If he moves to QPR now or at the end of the season, does he genuinely expect QPR to perform better than West Brom?
It could be the case that West Brom have asked Odemwingie to stay at the club for the rest of the season with them granting him a move once the summer transfer window opens.
That seems much more likely than the club letting one of their best players go in the middle of a season where they look odds on to secure a Europa League place.
How do you see this saga developing over the next week?
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