West Bromwich Albion have tonight confirmed that striker Peter Odemwingie’s transfer request has been rejected by the club.
It has been heavily rumoured the Nigerian International was looking for a move away from The Hawthorns with Queens Park Rangers heavily pursuing the player in the quest for Premier League survival.
Harry Redknapp’s side can offer the player a reported £40,000 a week payrise on his current deal at The Baggies, with a bonus dependant on their survival after currently sitting bottom of Englands top tier.
An offer has already been rejected this window for his services from QPR, and Technical Director Richard Garlick was disappointed with the players formal transfer request today by revealing on the West Brom official website:
“It was immediately turned down and has done nothing to change our stance during January,”
“Peter is hugely popular with our supporters and it is disappointing that he has decided to hand in a transfer request.”
“Peter is under contract until the summer of 2014 and we have no need or desire to sell our core players,”
“We want to keep the squad intact to enable us to build on an encouraging first six months of the season.”