Martinez unsure over Odemwingie

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez
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ROBERTO Martinez admits he is unsure whether Latics will be returning to West Brom with a renewed bid for Peter Odemwingie after seeing an initial offer rejected over the weekend.

Latics were held to a 1-1 draw by newly-promoted Norwich on Saturday after dominating much of the game, with the Wigan boss perhaps left to ponder if Odemwingie – who bagged 15 Premier League goals last term – might have made a difference.

“I don’t know what will happen on that one,” Martinez told the Evening Post.

“He’s obviously a player we like which is why we made the bid, but the club that owns the player has the right to do what they like – and that happens in football.”

Whether or not Latics would get any more joy second time round is unclear, with the Baggies admitting over the weekend their intention to secure the Nigerian international to a new contract.

So far this summer, Martinez has snapped up goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi – following his loan from Bolton last season – on a permanent deal, along with free transfers David Jones and Nouha Dicko.

But, following the loss of Tom Cleverley and Charles N’Zogbia from last season’s squad, Martinez admits he is determined to make another couple of signings before the transfer window closes.

“We are still looking for two players,” Martinez said.

“We lost two influential players last campaign and we need to replace them.

“I want to fulfill those roles with players who are already here, but it is only fair to the squad that we have enough numbers to face the demands of the Premier League, and we will do that.”

Asked whether Odemwingie had been regarded as a potential replacement for Hugo Rodallega, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal, Martinez said: “No, it would be an addition.

“I don’t know what players we are going to bring in, that is the reality.

“Although I do know exactly what we need from a character point of view.

“But having lost Cleverley and N’Zogbia, we are two bodies light.

“We need to bring two players in and that is where as a football club we are working extremely hard.”

l ADRIAN Lopez had to have 10 stitches inserted in an ugly gash on his forehead during Saturday’s game, but will be okay for the trip to Swansea next weekend if Antolin Alcaraz and Steve Gohouri remain unavailable.