Holloway plays down talk of Crystal Palace loan bid for Odemwingie

The unsettled Nigerian striker faces an uncertain future at West Brom but the Eagles boss is unsure of his club's chances of bringing him to Selhurst Park on a short-term basis
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has distanced himself from rumours linking West Brom outcast Peter Odemwingie with a move to Selhurst Park.

The Nigerian striker missed out on a deadline-day switch to QPR after his parent club refused to sanction the transfer and was subsequently left out of the Baggies' squad to face Tottenham last Sunday.

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With the loan market still open for lower-league clubs, the Eagles are reportedly interested in offering the 31-year-old an escape route from the Hawthorns until the end of the season, but Holloway denied all knowledge of a possible move.

The Palace boss told Sky Sports: "I haven't got a clue about that. Someone contacted the chairman.

"I was asked: Would I want him? I said yes.

"I don't really think that's a realistic target for us, personally."

West Brom boss Steve Clarke described Odemwingie's behaviour as "total lunacy" and must now decide whether to leave himself short of attacking options for the second half of the season by allowing the striker a short-term move.

The Baggies are also expecting a loan bid for Jerome Thomas from Blackburn, who failed to conclude a permanent move for the winger before the window closed.