'Maybe things were a bit unprofessional': Peter Odemwingie admits it will be difficult to play for West Brom again

Striker travelled to QPR last night despite not being given permission to do so

Peter Odemwingie has admitted that he will struggle to play for West Brom again following the bizarre collapse of his move to Queens Park Rangers.

Odemwingie said goodbye to team-mates at The Hawthorns and drove to London on transfer deadline day, thinking he was signing for Harry Redknapp's side.

But the move fell through last night, when West Brom refused him permission to speak to QPR after the London club rejected a proposal to let Junior Hoilett move the other way report the Evening Standard .

Odemwingie last week submitted a transfer request and then angered fans when he was critical of the club on Twitter.

West Brom manager Steve Clarke now has to decide whether to play Odemwingie against Tottenham on Sunday. Yesterday the club branded him "wholly unprofessional" for his actions and the 31-year-old was today sent home from training. He said: "If West Brom brought me back here, they think there is a way out in which I can be back on the pitch and doing my best for the team.

"But this could be difficult, I have no guarantees. I am a very emotional person and sometimes things can really hurt me. They may seem childish but I am an emotional guy and I do not regret that. Every emotion I use is to succeed as a football player.

"Maybe I have made some mistakes but I cannot regret that because my emotion is the biggest weapon I have as a sports player.

"I have had a great time at West Brom. A few difficult moments but the difficult moments cannot overshadow my happiness that I have had here and the relationship I have with the fans, who always sang and supported me. I love the club, the fans. I enjoyed myself here and will always love the club. I will still leave, it is just a matter of time.

"Maybe we are different in the way we do business. I understand that I am an adult but the club know the reason why I have wanted to leave. They feel I can overcome that but they are not the ones who know my heart. They believe I can continue to perform.

"What they were offering yesterday was a fair deal, they [Albion] bought me for half of that. It didn't happen and now the window has closed so the way forward is to see what is best for everybody.

"We are not enemies because it is all about football, it is nothing personal. There was nothing illegal from any sides but maybe things were a bit unprofessional."

Odemwingie says West Brom technical director Dan Ashworth gave him his blessing to join QPR. He said: "A few days ago, he told me we all could have handled this situation differently and avoid this situation. To which I agreed. I said it could be a bit late because we have burnt some bridges.

"I went to the training ground to thank everyone and all the staff. I left a few gifts and promised the players that I will come back next week and have a meal in the restaurant. They all wished me well. I said thank you to all the medical staff. Everything was done right. In the last moment, I don't really know what happened. Whatever price we all have to pay, it will affect everyone and we will need to sit down at a table and iron this out.

"It was never about money for me, it was my professional desire. I was ready to give my bonus of about £300,000 earned from the points we have so far. I was ready to offer him that."

The two clubs were thought to have agreed a fee of £3million plus Hoilett but the Canada forward refused a move to West Brom.

Asked whether he will join QPR in the summer, Odemwingie said: "It is too early to say right now. I will take it as a positive that a manager like Harry Redknapp believes I can deliver performances that are very good.

"His plan was to keep me for the next two-and-a-half years because he wants to build a team and do what he did at Tottenham.

"The only question from what I understood from the conversation was a player they [Albion] wanted from QPR and the question was who is going to pay his wages.

"As far as I was concerned, I had to hold on to the last minute. I was ready to give my part of the contract at QPR to ensure the deals went through."

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links