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Baggies reject Odemwingie transfer request

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West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie has handed in a transfer request in a bid to push through a January move to Queens Park Rangers, but it has been rejected by the club.

Odemwingie scored 11 goals last season and has found the net five times in 19 games this campaign to help Albion into eighth place in the Premier League. But the club revealed earlier this week that they are not willing to let him go, and have already rejected a £2 million bid, reportedly from Harry Redknapp's Rangers.

The Nigeria international is keen to move on, though, and has made his desire to quit the Hawthorns clear on paper. However, it was rejected as well.

A statement on the West Brom website read: "Albion have this afternoon rejected a transfer request from Peter Odemwingie. The Baggies recently turned down an offer from QPR for the Nigerian international's services and the club insist none of their core players are for sale."

Sporting and technical director Richard Garlick added: "Peter is hugely popular with our supporters and it is disappointing that he has decided to hand in a transfer request. It was immediately turned down and has done nothing to change our stance during January.

"Peter is under contract until the summer of 2014 and we have no need or desire to sell our core players. We want to keep the squad intact to enable us to build on an encouraging first six months of the season."

Albion, the striker's first English club, rejected a QPR bid of around £2m a week and a half ago and had hoped that would end the matter. But Loftus Road boss Harry Redknapp has remained hot on the trail despite being busy with other targets and successful with at last kick-starting Rangers' bid to climb out of trouble.

Odemwingie was impressive in Albion's most recent game - the 2-2 home derby draw with Aston Villa - and scored their equaliser in the final ten minutes.

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