West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie has ruled out a move abroad and is ready to stay at The Hawthorns if he cannot seal a Premier League move.
Albion have rejected three bids from the Premier League and the Nigeria international will resist any transfer out of the top flight despite continued interest from Dubai-based club Al Nasr.
Odemwingie is ready to leave the Baggies but the Hawthorns hierarchy have turned down three bids of around £1.5m plus add-ons from English top-flight clubs including West Ham and Fulham.
Al Nasr have revived their interest in the 32-year-old and held fresh talks with the Baggies in recent days, although reports of an increased bid of £1.5m from the Middle East outfit are premature. They previously had an £850,000 offer rejected out of hand. However, Odemwingie will fight any attempt by the Baggies to offload him to a foreign club or a Championship side and is intent on staying in the English top flight.
That leaves Baggies bosses with four weeks to agree a deal with a Premier League club before the transfer window closes or be left with the prospect of the forward – who has been frozen out of the first team picture since the start of pre-season – remaining on their wage bill.
Odemwingie has been in open dispute with the Baggies since submitting a transfer request in January.
Albion brought a strong squad to Cork today, with defenders Jonas Olsson and Gabriel Tamas the only notable absentees in the party that flew from Birmingham this morning.
New signing Diego Lugano travelled but is unlikely to play any part tonight while winger Kemar Roofe is the only youngster in the squad.
Meanwhile, Albion remain in discussions over deal to bring Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair to The Hawthorns on loan.
The Baggies are optimistic a deal can be done before the start of the Premier League season but they believe negotiations still have some way to run.Subscribe to our Newsletter