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Nigeria striker Odemwingie seals West Brom switch

Nigeria striker Osaze Odemwingie
Odemwingie was part of the Nigerian squad at the World Cup in South Africa

Nigeria striker Peter Odemwingie has joined Premier League side West Brom on a two-year-deal for an undisclosed fee from Lokomotiv Moscow.

Odemwingie, who has 51 international caps and can also play in midfield, has received his work permit and may be in Saturday's squad to face Sunderland.

The club have the option to extend the player's contract for a third year.

"I couldn't refuse the chance to come play in the Premier League," the 29-year-old told BBC Sport.

Odemwingie, who appeared in his country's World Cup matches against Argentina and Greece this summer, still has to wait for international clearance on his move before he can make his debut.

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The paperwork must come through an hour before kick-off if he is to play.

Odemwingie revealed his appetite for the English top-flight had been whetted after conversations with some of his Premier League-based team-mates.

"The players talked about England in a good way so once this opportunity presented itself, I simply asked Lokomotiv to consider it," he stated.

"These are the opportunities you hope for when you decide to become a footballer. This is the next chapter of my career," he continued.

Odemwingie is the sixth player to move to The Hawthorns this summer and manager Robert Di Matteo is pleased with the quality and versatility he brings to his squad.

"Peter has got great pace, is two-footed, scores goals and has good experience at a very high level," said Di Matteo.

"We have brought him in as a striker but he can also play out wide, which gives me options."

Odemwingie scored 21 goals in 70 starts at Lokomotiv Moscow and has been linked in the past with moves to Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers.

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to a Nigerian father and Russian mother in 1981, Odemwingie moved to Nigeria as a two-year-old.

After spending his early years in Nigeria, Odemwingie returned to the former Soviet Union to complete his secondary education and subsequently joined the youth football academy of CSKA Moscow.

He returned to Nigeria to begin his club career with Insurance in 2000, playing alongside former Wigan striker Julius Aghahowa, before moving to Belgium side La Louvière in 2002.

He then joined French side Lille in 2005 before Lokomotiv Moscow snapped him up in the summer of 2007.



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My First World Cup: Peter Odemwingie
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Blackburn eye Odemwingie
18 Aug 04 |  Blackburn


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