West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie is keen to speak to Queens Park Rangers about a possible transfer.
The saga of the Hoops' interest in the 31-year-old rumbled on this afternoon with news that the Nigeria international would like to hear the London club’s offer.
But West Brom are determined to stand firm and continue to insist Odemwingie is not for sale after rejecting a bid of around £2million from Loftus Road last week.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp hinted on Tuesday that he was ready to abandon his pursuit of Odemwingie and Hawthorns team-mate Jonas Olsson after sealing a £8m deal for Loic Remy and lining up a £7m swoop for his fellow Frenchman, Yann M’Vila.
But Rangers are still monitoring Odemwingie amid stories in London that the former Lokomotiv Moscow man would consider submitting a transfer request to force through a move.
Those reports remain unconfirmed but the Express & Star understands Odemwingie would be interested in speaking to the big-spending Premier League strugglers.
They are believed to be paying Remy around £80,000 per week and could offer Odemwingie a substantial increase on his current weekly Hawthorns pay-packet, which is in excess of £35,000.
However, Baggies boss Steve Clarke has been steadfast in his refusal to entertain selling Odemwingie, Olsson, or any of his other first-team regulars.
Clarke is willing to listen to offers for unsettled midfielder Graham Dorrans but has insisted the rest of his senior players are ‘not for sale’ with the Baggies rejecting a bid for Odemwingie and a £5m offer from Rangers for defender Jonas Olsson.
Odemwingie, who has 18 months remaining on his current deal, is braced for a hectic week with his first child already overdue.
But West Brom are not ready to cave in easily to any transfer bids and defender Gareth McAuley has welcomed the club’s stance.
McAuley said: “Everyone knows the club is run properly and don’t have to sell their best players to make ends meet.
“That’s great for the club, for the fans, and group of players we have here. I don’t think it is a distraction. The lads are professionals.”Subscribe to our Newsletter