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Wigan and Tottenham set to do battle over West Brom’s star striker

| 17.08.2011

Proven Premier League goalscorers are a hard thing to come by, and in the shape of Peter Odemwingie that is exactly what both Wigan and Tottenham will attempt to pry away from West Brom.

The Latics failed last week in their attempt to sign the Nigerian, when Albion promptly refused their £4million bid and it is now thought Roberto Martinez will return with another offer in the region of £8million to secure the 30-year-old.

Odemwingie, who finished last season as West Brom’s top goalscorer with 15 Premier League goals, has been unable to agree a new contract with the club.

Wigan are hoping to guarantee his services by offering him a lucrative three-year deal worth between £40,000 and £50,000 a week.

Martinez’s side are amongst the favourites to go down at 7/4 and having finished last season with the second worst tally of goals, the signing of Odemwingie could greatly improve their chances this season.

Spurs are yet to confirm their interest in Odemwingie and have also been linked to the likes of Porto’s Hulk and FC Twente’s Bryan Ruiz in their bid to reignite a strike force which managed only 17 Premier League goals last season.

They are currently 11/4 to finish in the top four, but know their chances will be enhanced with a consistent goalscorer.

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson will not want to lose a vital part of the team that kept the club in the Premier League last season, but if an offer from Wigan or Spurs matches the club’s valuation of the player they may well choose to cash in.

Hodgson will be encouraged for life after Odemwingie following the impressive performance of new signing Shane Long against champions Manchester United in the season opener.

Long was signed for £6.5million from Reading last week and scored the equalising goal against United on his debut.



John Klee