Osaze opens up on failed transfer to QPR, suspension by West Brom

Osaze Odemwingie

The Nigerian striker wanted to force a move to QPR.

Nigeria and West Bromwich Albion forward, Osaze Odemwingie, was ejected from his club’s training ground after trying to force a move to Queens Park Rangers, QPR, on Thursday, the deadline of the January transfer window.

Osaze confirmed his suspension via the club’s website, saying “I had a long chat with Dan and I have been given a few days off. I will be back for training next week,”

The versatile forward said there was a misunderstanding during the whole saga.

“I have learned that the role of the technical director is not superior to the chairman. As far as I am concerned, it takes two hours to drive to London and I had to be there as we were 90% there and the deal did not happen because of a player West Brom was expecting,” Osaze said.

“Our technical director is way too good to make that mistake and not get a replacement for me. His last words to me were: ‘Sorry, Peter, we did not get the replacement’. But I do not think that was what did not make this transfer happen,” he added.

Osaze also confirmed that though he was not given permission to speak with QPR, he drove all the way to West London for the talk.

“They did not give me permission but in England and when you are gentlemen, you understand each other,” he said.

QPR Coach, Harry Redknapp, reacted to the transfer saga by saying “I was just disappointed with the Odemwingie situation. I was disappointed for the boy. It was a bit of a mess. I felt genuinely sorry for him. He travelled down and I think he thought the deal was done and that’s why he turned up.”

“He thought that he’d have a medical and get the forms signed. It was just a mistake. He’s now got to go back to West Brom and get on with his life. He’s not a bad lad. That was what disturbed me last night.

“He felt the deal was done. I think the deal wouldn’t have been a problem. It was just a player was going to go the other way on loan and decided he didn’t want to go.

“Peter Odemwingie was a player we’d been trying to sign for several weeks and I think the player thought the deal was done. He wanted to be on the premises to get the deal done. Unfortunately he turned up on the premises and the cameras were there. He wasn’t the only player who turned up yesterday and didn’t get the deal done. I just hope the boy’s going to be okay because he is a good person,” Redknapp said.

Osaze will now settle back into life at West Brom for the rest of the season.


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