QPR fresh Odemwingie bid rejected
QPR boss Harry Redknapp has cast doubt over whether his attempt to sign West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie will be successful after saying discussion surrounding the deal had become "too public".
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The Rs had a £2million offer turned down two weeks ago and, after Odemwingie slapped in a transfer request on Friday, followed it up with a new offer - believed to be £3million which Albion confirmed on Monday morning had also been knocked back.
Albion rejected Odemwingie's transfer request, prompting a series of tweets from the Nigeria international over the weekend attacking the club.
The Baggies will deal with Odemwingie internally, with sources close to the club indicating he could be fined up to two weeks' wages.
Now Redknapp admits the outbursts have not helped his chances of landing the services of Odemwingie.
Redknapp said: "I don't know (whether the transfer will go ahead). It's a bit of a difficult situation for West Brom. It's not worked out in an ideal way. The whole situation has become a bit too public really hasn't it?
"I am sure West Brom are not too happy with the way it's gone.
"We made an enquiry. The enquiry leaked out and obviously the player decided he wanted to come to London and that's how it has worked out.
"I think too many people get involved in Twitter."
West Brom's new sporting and technical director Richard Garlick confirmed: "QPR have made a second, improved offer for Peter, which we have turned down.
"As we have repeatedly stated, we have no need or desire to sell our core players.
"Since we turned down Peter's transfer request, he has made his position clear in a statement to the media and via his personal Twitter account.
"This matter will be dealt with internally."
Despite rejecting a second bid from QPR, ultimately Albion have to weigh up whether Odemwingie's remarks have made his position untenable.
Supporters have also been quick to hit out at his outbursts and the player may face a hostile reception if he is still at the club for the next home game against Tottenham on Sunday.
Odemwingie tweeted on Saturday: "I can understand the reaction of few Albion fans on my desire to leave the club. Real reason? Cos they once doubted my commitment.
"Want to know why I wanted to quit top flight football last summer earlier than I wished to? They know at the club.
"Albion fans are not the only reason, but made it easier for me to decide to stay and try my best to forget about the disappointment.
"I succeeded in doing that. But it's not getting better. Before bigger disappointment comes one day, I better leave on a good note.
"Best compliment I have ever received in my (career) as a player, manager like HR (Harry Redknapp) spending to bring me for mission 'impossible."'
Then on Sunday Odemwingie tweeted: "Offer came (from QPR), everybody knows. I ask club what they think ? Answer - not now. Maybe summer. I ask - or is it tactics to get more money?
"Answer- we have enough now there is no prise (price) for you. We need you.
"I say ok. What's the prise for summer? We will tell you after the window closes.
"I say - I have served the club well and deserve at least to have a prise now so I can plan my probably last move in England.
"Don't want another summer window not knowing what will happen cos now Ill have to move my little son elsewhere.
"After all I have contributed to the clubs success last two seasons I hoped to at least get a low prise. Answer - talk later.
"Last season 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.
"Loyalty left 70 percent. the rest they stole out of my pocket thinking I was keeping money in there."