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West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie insists he will only leave the club for a chance to play in Europe.
The 30-year-old caught the eye last season scoring 15 league goals in 32 appearances in his debut English campaign.
Wigan made an offer believed to be around £1.5 million, but that was rejected by the club and the Nigerian striker has now revealed that he would only leave for a big side.
”To my dear WBA supporters,” Odemwingie tweeted. ”I love this club and will leave only to a TOP team which is understandable.
“Nothing abnormal is going on. Contract is not signed cos of the duration of it. Figures agreed long time ago cos I know this is not real madrid. Please be patient.”
Earlier, West Brom manager Roy Hodgson maintained he was hopeful the striker would pen a new deal as he ‘owes’ the club that made him.
“Peter’s been made an extremely good offer,” the Baggies boss said. “I’m optimistic he’ll sign.
“We owe him a debt but he owes us too as we were the club that gave him his chance.”
First-team coach Michael Appleton added his voice to the many hoping that Odemwingie would stay.
“Peter is 30-years-old and I would imagine at some point in his career he’s been in a situation where he’s been in negotiations with his contract,” he told the Birmingham Mail.
“It has to be right for him, for the club and I’m sure over the next couple of weeks it will be agreed and we can all get on with playing football and everyone comes out happy.
“We want him to stay. We took a chance on taking him from Russia 12 months ago and saw something in him we liked and could work with.
“He had a fantastic season last year and we want that again this season with us. Staying at West Brom will give him that opportunity.
“He got 15 goals last season and if he can get anywhere close to that then I’m sure we will give ourselves a good chance next season.”