Harry defends Odemwingie antics

by Kieran O'Daly , 03 February 2013

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has defended West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie’s actions on transfer deadline day as he tried to force through a move to the London club.

Odemwingie had been the subject of several snubbed bids from QPR throughout January and had become increasingly vocal about his desire to leave The Hawthorns.

However, it appeared a deal had finally been done when the 31-year-old drove to London in the final hours of the transfer window and spoke to media outside Loftus Road. But it emerged that he was there without permission and was subsequently turned away from the ground. He has since been disciplined by West Brom manager Steve Clarke.

But Redknapp has now come out in defence of the wantaway striker. "There have been countless players guilty of doing things a million times worse than Peter Odemwingie,” he told the Sun.

"But from the stick he's got over the past 48 hours, you would never believe it.

"And I really, genuinely hope that all those people having a pop at him now give the lad a break because, if he's guilty of anything, it's being too honest."

Redknapp suggested that the breakdown of a proposed loan deal for a QPR player to West Brom caused the Odemwingie deal to flounder.

"It looked as though the deal was going to happen," he said. "We had got a price off West Brom, the kid himself thought it was all on and obviously so did his advisors. So it wasn't out of order for him to jump in his car and head to London.

"Peter just wanted to make sure he was in the London area so the deal could go through before that deadline.

"It would have looked even worse if it had fallen through because he hadn't got here in time.

“The one thing I think Peter did wrong in all this was to actually drive to the ground. If he'd parked down the road, no one would have been any the wiser and - as disappointing as it would still have been for all sides - no harm done."

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