Redknapp blames crossed wires on Odemwingie confusion over QPR move
Peter Odemwingie’s relationship with West Bromwich Albion deteriorated further on transfer deadline day as the striker travelled to speak with Queens Park Rangers despite the Baggies not giving him permission to do so - and when he arrived at QPR, the London club refused to let him in. According to the Daily Mirror, R’s manager Harry Redknapp blamed “crossed wires” for the farcical situation.
Odemwingie claimed he had the approval of West Brom technical director Dan Ashworth to speak with Rangers but the Midlands side insisted that was not the case, with Odemwingie going so far as to say goodbye to his teammates.
He claimed that West Brom agreed to let him join QPR if they offered £3.5m, which the Hoops later did. Albion however claimed they had not reached an agreement with QPR, amid talk that the selling club were looking to include Junior Hoilett in the deal.
Odemwingie agitated for a move to Loftus Road for some time, using his Twitter account to make his feelings known publically, and although talks between the clubs went late into the transfer window, with the 11pm deadline approaching, they were beaten by the clock.
Redknapp said: “I think he probably felt that the deal had been agreed between the clubs and it hadn't and it was all a mix-up really. I feel sorry for the lad and the way the whole thing's turned out.
“It wasn't any of our doing. I think he was maybe advised that he should turn up here and that the club had made an offer and the offer had been accepted. The wires got crossed somewhere.”
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