West Brom on Friday confirmed that Osaze Odemwingie would be disciplined for his conduct on transfer deadline day.
The Baggies accused the 31-year-old striker of acting in a “wholly unprofessional” manner by driving to talk terms with QPR despite no deal having been agreed between the clubs.
The Nigerian claimed that he had an understanding with Baggies technical director Dan Ashworth that he could drive to London with a view to the clubs reaching an agreement but the club feel the player’s actions worthy of punishment.
The club’s official Twitter feed quoted manager Steve Clarke as saying, “There is a disciplinary process in place to deal with Odemwingie and it will be conducted privately.”
Osaze, who was sent home from training on Friday morning told Sky Sports News, “They didn’t give me written permission but we are in England and when you are gentlemen you understand each other easily.
“I had to be in training that morning but when that was done I asked if I could go as I had to pack and start driving. I got the go-ahead from him (Ashworth) as far as I understand so I went round and said goodbye to everyone and thank you. In my opinion everything was done right. He can deny it because he has to look good in this situation.
“I knew that it took two hours to drive to London and I had to be there because we were 90 per cent there and then the deal didn’t happen. We were almost there, the club were angry that I went there and it was on TV. They weren’t angry that I went there, but when it came up on TV that’s when they said that this deal is off and asked why did I did it.”
“My only regret is that I didn’t have the paper in my hand before I went to London.”
While admitting that his actions had been “a bit unprofessional”, he also claimed the circumstances were not that different to those that saw him sign for West Brom from Lokomotiv Moscow.
“I came to this club (West Brom) in a wholly unprofessional way,” he said.
“I wasn’t given any written permission by Lokomotiv Moscow but I arrived at this club. I did a medical, I don’t think everything went so professional when I arrived.”