HARRY REDKNAPP managed to secure three of his transfer targets for QPR yesterday, but it was the man he did not get who attracted the most attention.
In the wake of Christopher Samba signing for a club record fee believed to be in the region of £10m, Redknapp then snapped up Tottenham duo Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend, with the former penning an 18-month deal and the latter joining on loan until the end of the season.
But it was the non-signing of West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie which caused the most fuss, with the Nigeria international arriving at Loftus Road unannounced and, according to QPR, uninvited, trying to make something happen.
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While Odemwingie was addressing a media scrum telling them he was ready for a “new chapter” in his career after a public display of dissent about his situation with West Brom, Redknapp was telling a radio phone-in that he wanted to sign the 31-yearold.
At the same time, West Brom released a statement saying they had not allowed Odemwingie to talk to QPR, something Rangers later backed up.
‘‘Albion have moved to clarify developments regarding Peter Odemwingie after the striker was filmed a short while ago arriving at Loftus Road,’’ West Brom ‘‘The club can confirm they have held further discussions with QPR today but those talks have so far proven fruitless and no agreement has been reached.
‘‘Albion would also like to make clear that Peter has not been given permission to speak to QPR about a potential move.’’ It was after announcing he had signed Jenas and Townsend, players he had worked with at Tottenham, that Redknapp addressed the issue of Odemwingie, saying he felt sorry for a player who now faces an embarrassing return to West Brom.
He said: “I feel sorry for the lad and the way the whole thing’s turned out. It wasn’t any of our doing. I think he was maybe advised that he should turn up here and that the club had made an offer and the offer had been accepted.
The wires got crossed somewhere.”