Peter Odemwingie faces a West Bromwich Albion backlash after his shambolic attempt to leave for Queens Park Rangers collapsed on Thursday night.
The striker said goodbye to team-mates at The Hawthorns and drove to London in the belief his move would be resolved as the deadline loomed.
Hopes dashed: Peter Odemwingie failed to secure a move to QPR despite driving to London.
At Loftus Road, the 31-year-old striker said: ‘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 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.’
But furious Albion quickly made it clear there was no agreement between the clubs.
Chairman Jeremy Peace said: ‘Peter has acted wholly unprofessionally. He must now accept the fact he remains under contract for a further 18 months.’
In a statement, QPR said: ‘The club can confirm they have held further discussions with QPR but those talks have so far proved fruitless and no agreement has been reached.
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‘Albion would also like to make clear that Peter has not been given permission to speak to QPR about a potential move.’
Once the lawyers became involved, Rangers decided they could not let Odemwingie into the building and he spun his Range Rover around and drove off.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp. ‘I think he probably felt that the deal had been agreed between the clubs and it hadn’t and it was all a mix-up really.
‘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.’
The clubs were thought to have agreed a fee of £3million plus Junior Hoilett but the Canada forward refused to move.
‘Odemwingie should have behaved better,’ said Sportsmail’s Martin Keown on BBC Radio 5 Live. ‘He’s a good player but can be replaced by West Brom. It’s clear the move is all about the money.’
QPR were ready to treble the 31-year-old’s £15,000-a-week wages but had to back off.