Hodgson challenges Odemwingie

Baggies could not retain striker if big club comes knocking

Peter Odemwingie: Roy Hodgson accepts striker could go if a big club comes knocking

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Roy Hodgson has challenged West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie to maintain his good form for the club to earn a move elsewhere.

The Nigeria international has been in blistering form for the Baggies of late and Hodgson knows a big-money offer could eventually come.

The Hawthorns tactician is fully aware that should a big-name club come knocking for the 30-year-old, they would be unable to compete.

Offers

"We've always been keen to make Peter aware that he's got a lot of work still to do to make us better and, he too, has still got a margin to show what a good player he is," explained Hodgson.

"Nothing will please me more if he continues to do well for us and we get one of those offers that you can't refuse from a top two or three club from this country or abroad.

"I would be delighted to then say: 'Peter, you have been fantastic for us and you've shown what a great player you are and we can't compete with this'.

"Of course, I don't know what the club would do if an offer from a top club came in, I really don't. But I look at things on a realistic basis.

"If you are not one of the top four teams in the country, paying the sort of salaries they do, when those clubs come in for your players and want to sign them for big money, the players go."

Top league

Hodgson believes that the Premier League is the platform for Odemwingie to display his skills on at this juncture of his career, rather than him heading overseas and taking some of the huge salaries available there.

He continued: "It bothers me sometimes that the things that are occasionally trying to turn his head are offers that at this stage of his career he should be ignoring.

"No disrespect to Saudi or China but these are not top leagues. My message to him has been fairly consistent, that this is where he belongs.

"I've said to him all along that these seductive offers that come your way from far flung countries, where obviously tax is not paid, that shouldn't be for you at this stage of your career.

"I said: 'You should be looking to make a name for yourself in one of the top leagues the English, Spanish, German, Italian or French leagues for example, where, unfortunately, tax is paid'.

"You don't earn quite the same amount of money than if you clear off to Saudi Arabia or China, that's the bottom line.

"My message all the time is: 'You're still young and fit enough to make an impact on the Premier League and that's what you should be attempting to do'."