Roy Hodgson has put Arsenal and Chelsea on notice to make an offer for Peter Odemwingie, with the West Brom manager starting talks with the star striker for a new deal, according to the Daily Mail.
Odemwingie scored 15 goals for West Brom this season, bringing on the attention of both Chelsea and Arsenal.
While Chelsea are still yet to find a permanent replacement for outgoing manager Carlo Ancelotti, owner Roman Abramovich appears to have taken over the reigns in building the squad this summer. While the Blues signed striker Fernando Torres in January, they are reportedly looking for a replacement for the possibly outgoing Didier Drogba, and hope to find a player who can fit into Chelsea’s new formations with Torres up front.
Arsenal, meanwhile, reportedly see Odemwingie as a strong player who can take the Gunners the extra step towards winning trophies. Arsene Wenger is looking to shake up the squad over summer after Arsenal went a sixth straight season without a trophy, and Wenger has reportedly taken a personal liking to Odemwingie.
Odemwingie’s modest price of £4 million will also satisfy Wenger, who is hoping to purchase some value for money players over the summer for the Arsenal squad.
But Hodgson hopes that by offering the 29-year-old a new contract – with his current one running out next season – Odemwingie will decide that he wants to stay with his current club, who hope to challenge for European football.
“I’m confident of keeping our top players, including Peter. They have contracts and the club are not keen on selling,” Hodgson said.
“We don’t need to sell players because everyone knows Albion are a well run club.
“We have no debts and we are not in the situation that many clubs are in, having to sell to match budgets.”
With that in mind, Arsenal and Chelsea both look to have an uphill battle to secure Odemwingie’s signature.