Arsene Wenger hopes to bring West Brom star to the Emirates Stadium.
Peter Odemwingie one step closer to Arsenal move
West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie may be one step closer to a dream move to Arsenal after his club made an approach for Watford’s Danny Graham.
Arsene Wenger is reportedly putting together a £4 million bid for the Nigerian, who impressed in his first full season in the Premier League.
Odemwingie’s move to Arsenal would relieve the pressure on Robin van Persie to score goals for the Gunners and Wenger believes it may be the answer to ending Arsenal’s trophyless streak, which now stretches six seasons.
However, it is unlikely Baggies boss Roy Hodgson will let his star make a summer move to the Emirates without a ready-made replacement in the wings.
Hodgson was recently rumoured to have tabled a £2.5 million bid for Watford’s star striker Danny Graham and may be willing to release Odemwingie if the bid is successful.
Arsene Wenger has been looking for new attacking talent and a move for Nigerian international Peter Odemwingie appears to be gathering apace. The fact that Roy Hodgson is keen on Danny Graham could indeed be a sign that the Baggies are resigned to losing their topscorer from last term.
The former Lokomotiv Moscow man turns 30 in July but showed enough potential last season to impress Wenger. Odemwingie netted 15 Premier League goals last term and whilst West Brom won’t want to lose such a talented player they know that an offer from Arsenal will be gleefully accepted by the striker.
£4m seems a bargain price and one would imagine that West Brom would demand far more for a player who is at his peak. Arsenal depend a great deal on Robin Van Persie for goals but the Dutchman is very injury prone and the likes of Marouane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela have all failed to make a consistent impact, hence Wenger’s need to bring in reinforcements.
The Gunners boss is not known for bringing players in who are around the 30 year old mark but if the North London club can snap up Odemwingie for such a small fee than they would be mad not to make an offer.