Albion striker wants move for footballing reasons.
West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie has insisted that his desire to leave the club in not motivated by money, according to Sky Sports.
The 31-year-old caused controversy when he attempted for force through a move to QPR in January but was ultimately left humiliated when the West London side shut the door on him and told him to go back to Albion.
He has since been a hate figure amongst the club’s fans and was roundly booed during their recent encounters with Manchester City and Wigan.
And the Nigerian international is likely to be moving on this summer, though not before one last try at giving his side of events.
“I want to address this greed issue now,” he told the Birmingham Mail. “I was on big money in Russia before I came to Albion. I wanted to achieve a dream playing in the Russian league – what I dreamt as a kid.
“But my main aim was to play in the Premier League and when I moved to Albion I took a pay cut of more than three times what I could have earned.
“I had an offer to sign for Panathinaikos in Greece for a huge amount of money but I have already made enough money for myself. I came from Moscow earning tax-free money.
“Taking these songs every five minutes from West Brom fans ‘you greedy *******’ … I’m already sick of it. First of all, I don’t need to be greedy.
“I’m from countries where the maximum for us is the minimum for English people. Where I am coming from, we don’t have these opportunities.
“As hard as it is for me to think there is a happy ending, there is still a chance but it is going to be very, very difficult.”
Odemwingie was the butt of a joke from TV presenter Adrian Chiles recently, which Steve Clarke made him apologise for before admitting that he may find it difficult to offload the striker this summer.