Hodgson won't sell Odemwingie

Baggies boss says there will be no panic to make new signings

Peter Odemwingie: West Brom striker is not for sale according to manager Roy Hodgson

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West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson has no plans to sell Peter Odemwingie after revealing there was a 'semi-jocular' approach to sign the striker on loan.

Odemwingie was the Baggies' top scorer last season during his debut campaign at The Hawthorns, but he has struggled to replicate the impact this time around.

The arrival of Shane Long from Reading has increased competition for places and the Nigeria international has also struggled with injuries at times.

However, the 30-year-old remains part of Hodgson's plans for the rest of the season and says there is no pressure to cash in on the former Lokomotiv Moscow forward.

Cheeky

Hodgson said: "I'm not aware of any interest in Peter. We don't need to sell him, we don't want to sell him.

"We can't stop clubs making offers. One club rather cheekily early on (in the transfer window) said they'd like to loan him for a few months but I think that was a semi-jocular approach."

Meanwhile, Hodgson insists he will not make any panic signings this month after West Brom saw a bid for defender Liam Ridgewell rejected by Birmingham City on Tuesday.

He said: "I've said all along that if the player isn't there, then there is no desperation or panic on my side.

"You just don't want to bring in extra bodies for the sake of it. I believe in my team and we have players who can get us home this season."

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