Football: West Brom manager Steve Clarke insists that striker Peter Odemwingie still has a future at the club despite the player allegedly attempting to force a transfer to QPR on transfer deadline day.
Clarke said it was “total lunacy” for Odemwingie to turn up at Loftus Road on Thursday before any deal had been agreed between the two clubs.
He also said that Odemwingie had been “badly advised and should be looking for new agents.”
Odemwingie was sent home from the club’s training ground today and is not being considered for Sunday’s home match against Tottenham.
Yet Clarke still believes that bridges can be built in the long term. He said: “I was very disappointed with yesterday’s events. There was never a situation where Peter was not our player.
“I was surprised when he turned up at Loftus Road because he had not been given permission to do that.
“It is obvious there has been some form of misunderstanding by Peter of the situation, but West Brom never gave permission to QPR to speak to Peter.
“There was a moment when I thought a deal might happen. But it was total lunacy to turn up at QPR because the deal was not agreed.
“He jumped the gun. If I was Peter Odemwingie, I would be looking for new agents.”
Clarke said he could envisage a situation whereby Odemwingie could play for the club again.
“There always has to be a way back. There are examples of high-profile cases where there has been a way back.
“It won’t happen overnight, but he is part of my squad and hopefully we will get to a situation some time in the future where there is a resolution and Peter can help West Brom.”