Promoted Premier League club West Bromwich Albion have signed Super Eagles striker Peter Odemwingie from Russian outfit Lokomotiv Moscow on a three year contract.
Odemwingie revealed that although Greek club Panathinaikos were also interested in him, he opted for West Brom because it has always been his dream to play in the Premier League.
Like many other star players, Odemwingie did not have a good World Cup. In fact, the then Nigerian coach Lars Lagerback rarely played him and when he did, it was only towards the end of the game where his impact could not be felt.
After their dismal performance, it came as no surprise that Lagerback was sacked. Odemwingie is one of the few Nigerian players who has consistently performed for the Super Eagles.
Now in the sunset days of his international and club career, the former Lille and Lokomitv Moscow forward is keen on fulfilling his long held dream.
“Most likely I will join on Tuesday. I’ve already signed a contract. The have been left to negotiate among themselves and then my dream of playing in the English Premier League will come true.”
Born to A Russian Mother and Nigerian father Odemwingie revealed how he turned down a move to Panathinaikos last year.
”The first proposal was received last year. But then I saw no point in moving from the Russian championship to Greece.
“In addition, I hoped that Lokomotiv would qualify for the Champions League. But we did not. So I opted for West Brom because I have always wanted to play in the English league.
“But I want to thank Panathinaikos for their interest in me.They are a great club.”
Known for his pacy style of play, it remains to be seen whether Odemwingie will be the spark that keeps West Brom in the Premier League.
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