By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
Fulham are ready to offer £3 million plus Chris Baird and Damien Duff in exchange for West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie, Goal.com has learned.
The two clubs have held informal talks about the possibility of Odemwingie moving to Craven Cottage in the January window.
Although Fulham have not yet made a formal bid for the Nigeria international, they have received encouraging noises that Roy Hodgson could be prepared to off-load a player who has followed up his 15-goal debut Premier League campaign with four in 17 league games this season.
West Brom value the 30-year-old at the £5m mark, a figure Fulham believe they can match by offering Baird and Duff, two Hodgson favourites during his time at Craven Cottage, in part exchange.
Martin Jol wants to reinforce his squad with a new striker this month as doubts surround the futures of Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson.
It is understood that the ex-Everton and Crystal Palace forward was 48 hours from joining QPR when Neil Warnock was still in charge at Loftus Road but the bad blood that exists between owner Mohamed Al-Fayed and former Fulham boss Mark Hughes has made the Craven Cottage club reluctant to sell to Rangers.
QPR have been told they will have to pay more than £2m to buy Johnson, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Fulham had lined up Marseille’s Andre-Pierre Gignac as a replacement for either Johnson or Zamora after agreeing a fee with the French club but the player’s wage demands appear to have scuppered the deal.
Jol is also an admirer of Championship pair Nicky Maynard and Robert Snodgrass but is believed to now favour a move for Odemwingie, who has a proven goalscoring pedigree at the top level and has the mobility and pace that the manager wants from his centre-forward.
Hodgson is believed to have a poor relationship with Odemwingie, who the former Fulham boss thinks does not work hard enough for the team off the ball.
The striker’s future was thrown in doubt last November after Hodgson claimed Albion had got “nothing” out of the player this season, adding he was “difficult to work out”.
Although Hodgson has since claimed that he is not looking to sell Odemwingie, it is understood that he will allow the former Lille and Lokomotiv Moscow striker to leave if West Brom’s valuation is matched.
Coincidentally, Hodgson is also closely monitoring Bristol City’s Maynard and is expected to move for the 25-year-old if he sells Odemwingie.