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QPR head the pack on transfer deadline day

One thing's for sure, manager QPR Harry Redknapp has never been shy of splashing the cash in the transfer window. Whether or not his January signings will be enough to save the West London side from relegation, only time will tell. Whilst the club record signing of former Blackburn star, Christopher Samba is in the bag confusion surrounded the future of West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie tonight as he arrived in London.

It was believed this was for talks with QPR, only for his club to deny giving him permission to do so.

Rangers boss Harry Redknapp earlier spoke of his interest in the wantaway Nigerian, and when the player was interviewed in London speaking of his excitement about a move, it looked as though a deal was on.

Odemwingie has accused West Brom of reneging on a promise to allow him to join QPR if the Londoners stumped up £3.5million.

But West Brom reacted quickly by releasing a statement which read: "Albion have moved to clarify developments regarding Peter Odemwingie after the striker was filmed a short while ago arriving at Loftus Road.

"The club can confirm they have held further discussions with QPR today but those talks have so far proven fruitless and no agreement has been reached.

"Albion would also like to make clear that Peter has not been given permission to speak to QPR about a potential move."

Albion's words came just minutes after Sky Sports News interviewed the 31-year-old as he drove into London.

He has been critical of West Brom on Twitter over recent weeks but he tonight gave a nod to that being in the past, saying: "It's fine. West Brom was my home but this is a new chapter. I love West Brom and always will.

Earlier in the day, QPR  forked out a club record fee beleived to be over £12 million to secure the signing ofSamba on a four-and-a-half year deal. 
 
That deal is now complete, with Samba joining QPR for an undisclosed club record fee, subject to the player receiving international clearance.

The Congolese defender, who was with Blackburn until last February, will wear the number five shirt at Loftus Road and fills the void left by Ryan Nelsen after his decision to become Toronto FC head coach.

"This is an unbelievable signing," Redknapp said.

Today's activity puts QPR firmly near the top of the spending charts in January based on money spent:

QPR's spending has topped £20 million, with only Liverpool (£20.5 million) and man City (£22 million) spending more.

Five clubs, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Everton, Fulham and Norwich have yet to spend a bean with only hours left to do so. Everton would have spent nigh on £9 million for Leroy Fer before the move collapsed after medical tests.

Arsenal
£0 (although they have spent in terms of higher wages for the likes of Theo Walcott etc)

 Aston Villa
£0

 Chelsea
£5m

 Everton
£0

 Fulham
£0

 Liverpool
£20.5m

 Man City
£22m

 Man Utd
£7m

 Newcastle
£11m

 Norwich City
£0

 QPR
£20.5m

 Reading
£0.6m

 Southampton
£4.2m

 Stoke City
£5m

 Sunderland
£5.8m

 Swansea City
£5m

 Tottenham
£4.5m

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