Is Peter Odemwingie really moving to QPR for the money?

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The West Brom striker is desperately seeking a move to the Premier League strugglers from high-flying West Brom leading many to label him yet another 'mercenary' footballer. But surely there is more to it then that?

Peter Odemwingie has been a sensational buy for West Brom. Picked up for just £2.5 million from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2010 he has since gone on to score 31 goals in 82 appearances; easily the best return in his club career so far.

However his time at The Hawthorns appears to be coming toward an unfortunately acrimonious ending; regardless of whether The Baggies decide to resist the advances of relegation battling QPR.

On Monday it has again been reported that West Brom have rejected another offer for the 31-year-old Nigerian who has made his desire to leave the Midlands club very clear; even venting his frustrations on Twitter.

The talk of many is that the Nigerian international is simply yet another money hungry greedy footballer who wants a move to QPR for a simple pay rise. In itself a man who has just celebrated the birth of a new son wanting to move elsewhere for a job that pays more shouldn’t be regarded as such a crime anyway but that is unfortunately just how football works. Apart from an apparent pay-rise however there are plenty of other reasons why he may consider a move to QPR.

Firstly there is the location. Living in London can be a big lure to some foreign players and that lifestyle may be something that appeals to him. Secondly there is the fact he gets to work under a man he called ‘one of the most respected managers in the game’; referring of course to Harry Redknapp. 

He has also been used out on the wing for much of the current season and battling it out with Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku for a place in the starting line-up is not what he originally signed up for. He will likely want to be a frontline striker and the persistence with which QPR are chasing him may highlight their belief that a strike-force of Odemwingie and Loic Remy would give them the necessary firepower to avoid the drop.

Add to that the cryptic comment about how the club ‘doubted’ his ‘commitment’ as being the real reason behind his desire to leave the club and clearly it is not purely a financial decision.

So while many may feel he is making the move just for the money the considerations must be made whether that is what his true intentions are and also, if they are, whether that is actually a problem in the first place.

Do you think Odemwingie’s desire to leave is purely financially motivated? If so is that such a problem?

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