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Odemwingie arrives at QPR without Brom permission

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Peter Odemwingie arrived at QPR on Thursday to agree personal terms and undergo a medical, despite not being given permission by West Brom.

Odemwingie, who has made no secret of his desire to move to west London in the January transfer window, looked unlikely to get his way earlier on Thursday, after West Brom demanded Junior Hoilett on loan - with his wages paid in full by the parent club - in exchange for allowing the Nigerian to leave.

QPR initially refused to include Hoilett as part of the deal but, with negotiations between the two clubs getting closer to reaching fruition, Odemwingie travelled down to Loftus Road of his own accord in an attempt to push through the deal late on Thursday evening.

West Brom were forced to clarify that no deal for the player had been agreed, and that he had not been allowed to travel down to the Premier League's bottom side.

"The club have held further discussions with QPR today but those talks have so far proven fruitless and no agreement has been reached," West Brom said in a statement.

"Albion would also like to make clear that Peter has not been given permission to speak to QPR about a potential move."

QPR later stressed that they had not allowed Odemwingie to enter Loftus Road, insisting that they would not show West Brom the "disrespect" of holding talks with a player they had not been given permission to speak with.

Outside the ground, meanwhile, Odemwingie insisted that he was leaving with the blessing of his former club.

When asked if the Baggies were disappointed at his impending departure, Odemwingie told Sky Sports: "No, no. WBA is my home. I love WBA and always will. But this is a new challenge.

"I am happy with the trust the manager has in me. QPR can stay up. The owners would not spend all this money if they did not think that would happen."

He added: "It's not sorted yet. I hope West Brom will be happy. They hope to get players themselves."

West Brom boss Steve Clarke said earlier in the week that Odemwingie had been "badly advised" by his representatives.

"Things have been going on behind the scenes which have turned his head and it's unfortunate for us," Clarke said. "The situation is not good for anybody. If they [QPR] don't come up with a bid that's acceptable, he won't go.

"The club are entitled to get what they think is a good price. That's the situation."

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