Former West Brom and OSC Lille forward, Osaze Odemwingie has talked about his infamous failed move to Queens Park Rangers.
The former Nigerian player thought he had secured a Deadline Day switch to QPR in January 2013 and drove to Loftus Road believing he would complete the formalities on the deal.
Sadly, Odemwingie was left outside Loftus Road in his car and refused entry into the stadium after both clubs maintained a fee had not been agreed.
Speaking with brila.net on Wednesday through former teammate Ifeanyi Udeze’s diary; Odemwingie insisted the deal take him to QPR had been agreed and was only told subsequently that the transfer rested on Hoilett moving to the Hawthorns.
‘Everything was agreed, but actually I didn’t know that one of the terms was that they [West Brom] were getting [Junior] Hoilett and [if I had known that] I would have never driven to London,” Odemwingie said.
‘They decided to make last-minute additions to what has been agreed upon, so when the whole thing didn’t go through, they make it a reason.
‘No one really knows the truth, till today and I’m keeping it for my autobiography,
‘Last year, Harry Redknapp the then QPR Manager said on Radio that they told me to come, he made the confession. However, you know the mainstream media don’t care about the truth,’ Osaze said.
‘They (media) only want sensation, ‘A guy turned up at the stadium, look at this’ Wow, wow!
‘If you give them the truth, they believe no one is interested in this since it’s not sensational stuff, and that is the world we live in today, there is politics about everything we see today.
“The truth is not what everyone is interested in, the story was all over the place because it was sensational, it made me more popular in some way and I decided to pick positives out of the situation,”
“When I need to leverage on that, the right time will come for me and I will leverage out of it, he concluded.
Odemwingie made his debut for the Nigerian national team in a friendly against Kenya in May 2002 and has represented the country over 60 times, including at two World Cups and four Africa Cup of Nations, as well as winning silver at the 2008 Olympics.
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