The future of West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie is shrouded in mystery tonight as he arrived in London for talks with Queens Park Rangers, only for his club to deny him permission to do so.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp earlier spoke of his interest in Odemwingie and when the player was interviewed in the capital about the move, it appeared as though the transfer would take place.
But, West Brom released the following statement denying they had granted the Nigerian permission to speak to Redknapp's side:
1/3: Albion move to clarify developments regarding Peter Odemwingie after striker was filmed a short while ago arriving at Loftus Road #wba
2/3: Club have held further discussions with QPR today but those talks have so far proven fruitless and no agreement has been reached #wba
3/3: Albion would also like to make clear that Peter has not been given permission to speak to QPR about a potential move #wba
QPRs Head of Media and Communications Ian Taylor then tweeted:
Odemwingie, 31, had earlier given an interview to Sky Sports News in west London, where he said:
– Peter Odemwingie
West Brom was my home but this is a new chapter. I love West Brom and always will.
I am optimistic. A few good players have arrived here (at QPR) and I am happy with the trust Harry Redknapp has in me.
The last few results have given us a chance to stay up. I don't think the owners will bring in so many players if they don't think it will happen.
I hope West Brom are happy with what they will get and they hope to get players themselves.
The striker tweeted on Sunday his dissatisfaction at still being a player for West Brom, he wrote:
– Peter Odemwingie
Last January window is when I should have handed in transfer request. Was one foot in Rubin Kazan - not for sale. Fulham. Not for sale. Newcastle. Not for sale. Wigan. Not for sale.
Odemwingie later deleted the tweet.