Peter Odemwingie has offered some insight into the transfer fiasco he was involved in as he looked to move from West Bromwich Albion to Queens Park Rangers.
Few will really forget how the striker ended up in the car park ready to sign for QPR only to be told that the deal was not happening and that he would have to return to the Albion, with the obvious issue of them having Baggies fans to have to try and win over.
Indeed, a lot has been written about the situation since but Odemwingie has regularly offered his side of events, too, and has done so again in a recent interview with Planet Football:
“There was all this talk that I wanted to leave because Queens Park Rangers were giving out big contracts, and that it was money-motivated, but the summer before I’d had massive offers from the Middle East and I never even gave them a single thought.
“I thought I still had a lot to offer the game and the Brazil World Cup was around the corner so I needed to be playing. I was a bit angry that the club never protected my image. They made people think that money was my motivation, but that was never the case.
“If all parties that took part in that whole situation would have said exactly what happened then everyone would have understood. But nobody spoke about it because it wasn’t in their interests to do so. I took the hit myself. I was that close that they prepared a shirt with my name on.
“From what I knew, we had agreed everything. They were working on bringing Junior Hoilett to West Brom and apparently him changing his mind at the last minute is what killed the deal. I wasn’t aware of that, otherwise I wouldn’t have gone anywhere.”
It was a pretty bonkers turn of events that the forward found himself having to deal with and, naturally, it caught the imagination of many with him sat in his car thinking he was about to sign for QPR.
Of course, he would instead have to return to West Brom and it sounds as though Junior Hoilett’s change of heart was part of the reason for that, with Odemwingie genuinely believing that the deal was there to be done and go through.