Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Baggies look to secure Odemwingie

Peter Odemwingie

West Brom are set to offer a new contract to leading scorer Peter Odemwingie.

Odemwingie has scored 14 goals during his first season in the Barclays Premier League and played a major part in them securing top-flight status. The Barclays player of the month for April has one year remaining of his current deal plus a 12-month option.

Manager Roy Hodgson said: "I'm pretty sure the club would be prepared to discuss an extension of Peter's contract."

He added: "It would surprise me if they aren't. If that happens, it would be deserved.

"The chairman (Jeremy Peace) works here in a sensible way. He rewards success and he rewards people for doing a bit extra."

Hodgson admits Odemwingie was not his first choice striker when he arrived at the club after going through a lean spell.

He said: "I left Peter out of a couple of the early games which I suppose was never going to endear him to me.

"He wasn't scoring at the time, people were beginning to doubt his ability and that was shining through a little bit in terms of his attitude throughout.

"That's what front players are like. They are moody people. When they are scoring goals, the world is a beautiful place.

"When they stop scoring goals, everything is wrong with the world and it is everyone's fault except their own. That's the way they operate as a breed."

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