West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie has defended his decision to travel to Loftus Road on Thursday night as he looked to secure a deadline-day move to Queens Park Rangers. Follow GOAL.COM on Twitter
Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace accused the Nigerian of acting in a “wholly unprofessional” manner when he drove to London for talks with the West Londoners, despite the fact no deal with the Baggies had been agreed.
The 31-year-old Odemwingie has insisted that he had an understanding with West Brom’s technical director Dan Ashworth, who he says gave the Nigerian forward permission to travel to the capital, although he admitted he received nothing in writing.
"They didn't give me written permission, but when you are gentlemen you understand each other easily," Odemwingie told Sky Sports. "I had to be in training that morning but when that was done I asked if I could go as I had to pack and start driving. I got the go-ahead from him (Ashworth) as far as I understand, so I went round and said goodbye to everyone and thank you.
“In my opinion everything was done right. He can deny it, because he has to look good in this situation.
"I knew that it took two hours to drive to London and I had to be there because we were 90 percent there and then the deal didn't happen. My only regret is that I didn't have the paper in my hand before I went to London."
The former Lille striker still has 18 months left on his current contract at West Brom, but he remains adamant his future lies away from the Hawthorns.
"I believe if West Brom brought me back here it is because they believe there is a way I can be back on the pitch and giving my best to the team," Odemwingie said. "I will always love the club but I will still leave, it is just a matter of time. I understand the need to honor your contract, but the club have known the reasons I want to leave for some time now. They feel I can overcome that, but they don't know my heart.
"My contract runs out in a year and a half. I wasn't offered an extension here. My career ends one day and so will my contract here at West Brom."
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