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Fulham join Crystal Palace in race for Peter Odemwingie

London duo chase Odemwingie  (©GettyImages)
London duo chase Odemwingie (©GettyImages).

Fulham boss Martin Jol has joined the race to sign 31-year-old Peter Odemwingie from West Bromwich Albion, according to the Daily Mirror.

Crystal Palace have been linked with the striker recently, and are due to offer in the region of £1.5million for his services

Though it is thought that the Midlands club are holding out for nearly double that figure, despite the Nigerian having just one year left on his contract.

It is clear the hitman has no future at the club, after he attempted to engineer a move himself to Queens Park Rangers in January which was described as 'total lunacy' by boss Steve Clarke.

After Wilfried Zaha was sold in January, boss Ian Holloway has cash to spend to bolster his forward line, and has already added former Peterborough man Dwight Gayle to his ranks. 

They are also keen on Odemwingie - who has played in the Premier League for three years - in hope that he would be the perfect partner for 23-year old Gayle.

Fulham have expressed an interest but that remains casual, as it is unclear how much money is available after their takeover was completed this week.

They remain most likely for his signature along with the Eagles, although Hull, West Ham United and Sunderland have also been linked recently.

Odemwingie had established himself as a Premier League striker since his move from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2010, and hit the headlines with a hat-trick in the Black Country derby last year, in a match his side triumphed 5-1.

He has set his sights on staying in England's top division and he shouldn't be short of offers with a host of clubs looking to add strike power ahead of the new season.

However, his bad boy attitude may work against him, after launching a tirade of abuse at his club on Twitter - potential suitors may think twice about submitting a bid.

The antics were not limited to club level either, despite 55 caps for Nigeria, he was involved in a spat with his national coach Stephen Keshi, after being left out of the African Nations Cup this year.

 

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