QPR at centre of major transfer window deals
Updated: Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 22:10
QPR broke their transfer record on a hectic deadline day but the signing of Christopher Samba was overshadowed by a bizarre situation involving Peter Odemwingie.
The capture of centre-half Samba was confirmed this morning, with the former Blackburn man moving from Anzhi Makhachkala after Rangers triggered a release clause, believed to be in the region of £10million.
Manager Harry Redknapp then said he was interested in signing West Brom striker Odemwingie and Tottenham duo Jermaine Jenas and Andros Townsend.
While he was speaking, Odemwingie drove to London and addressed a waiting media scrum which made comments to suggest he was set to seal a deal to Rangers, but he was immediately contradicted by West Brom who issued a statement to say he had not been granted permission.
QPR then told Press Association Sport that West Brom's story was correct and that the 31-year-old striker had turned up at Lotus Road "unannounced" and that he had "been denied access to Loftus Road".
The stories of both clubs appear to suggest that Odemwingie is trying to force a move through, with his arrival in the capital the latest in a long line of attempts to make a switch happen.
Last week he had a lengthy outburst about the situation on Twitter, but when speaking tonight he suggested everything was sorted.
He told Sky Sports News: "It's fine. 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."
While Odemwingie was in front of the cameras, Redknapp was giving an interview to London Call-In, during which he confirmed his interest in Odemwingie, Jenas and Townsend.
"Peter Odemwingie has pace, great movement," Redknapp said. "I like him and is a player that has always given us problems when I was at Tottenham.
"I think if we can get Odemwingie he would be a great signing for us, but whether we can pull it off I am not sure."
In a further twist, West Brom then released a statement confirming that while they had spoken to Odemwingie - the subject of two failed bids from QPR this window - the player had not been told he could enter dialogue.
"Albion have moved to clarify developments regarding Peter Odemwingie after the striker was filmed a short while ago arriving at Loftus Road," they said.
"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."
The acquisition of Jenas looks set to be an easier one for Redknapp, with the player confirming he is set to sign an 18-month deal.
It was the signing of Samba which caused real shockwaves, though, with the 28-year-old signing a four-and-half-year deal with the relegation battlers.
"This is an unbelievable signing. (Owner) Tony Fernandes deserves a lot of credit for this one - he has worked so hard on bringing him in," said Redknapp.
"I was speaking with him a month ago and he asked me who I would want to sign if Ryan Nelsen left, he asked me to give him a couple of names.
"I said to him: 'Well, these aren't possible to get but if you're asking me who I'd have, I'll give you a couple of players.' One of them was Chris Samba. The next thing I know he's telling me that he's working on bringing him in! It's amazing.
"Chris is just what we need. He's a monster. Great in the air, quick, a leader, strong, fantastic in both boxes, hard as nails. He's a proper centre-half."