West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League Preview
West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview
West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League, The Hawthorns
Sunday 3 January 2013, 13:30 KO.
With West Brom not selling nor signing anyone on transfer deadline day, Steve Clarke is likely to give Claudio Yacob and Shane Long their first starts since returning from injury.
However, the club have confirmed rebel Peter Odemwingie will not be playing, after his proposed move to QPR collapsed.
As for Tottenham, they are six players lighter after yesterday's closing of the transfer window.
Youngsters Tomislav Gomelt, Simon Dawkins, Alex Pritchard and Andros Townsend have all left on six-month loans. Injury-prone Jermaine Jenas was sold to Harry Redknapp's QPR, while third-choice goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes is to spend the rest of the season at Hoffenheim.
Therefore, manager Andre Villas-Boas is likely to keep a similar squad to their 1-1 draw against Norwich City, with the possibility of Lewis Holtby making his first start for the club.
WBA chairman appalled by Odemwingie's actions
West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace was infuriated when he learned the news that Peter Odemwingie had arrived at QPR.
QPR had previously placed a £3 million offer for the Nigerian striker. However, after the Baggies rejected the bid and his transfer request, Odemwingie travelled to west London in an attempt to force through a move.
Peace told BBC Sport: "Peter has acted wholly unprofessionally.
"This evening's developments have brought a conclusion to what has been an unsavoury affair."
The former Lokomotiv Moscow forward had appeared to have said farewell to his teammates, before going to Loftus Road, optimistic that he would be a Hoops player by the end of the day.
Odemwingie told Sky Sports: "I hope they will be happy with what they get and, of course, they want to get in players themselves. I just hope everything will be sorted out in the next few hours."
Despite the 31-year-old's persistence to transfer to QPR, manager Redknapp revealed that there was some confusion in the communication between the three parties.
Redknapp told BBC Sport: "It was unfortunate really. Wires got crossed somewhere."
Redknapp also confirmed that they would not be signing Odemwingie, but the player himself is still seeking a move away from the Hawthorns.
Odemwingie told Sky Sports: "I will always love the club but I will still leave, it is just a matter of time."
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