Odemwingie desperate for new club, eyes Super Eagles return

At 35, Nigeria forward, Osaze Odemwingie, is still nurturing hopes of playing for the Super Eagles after over two years absence.

The skilful attacker, who recently welcomed his third child, is aiming to get his last shot at the FIFA World Cup in two years time in Russia, the country of his birth, exactly when he clocks 37.

This desperation has led the former West Brom man, who is now a free agent, to partake in a documentary by Sky Sports tagged Out of Contract for five players in search of a new club.

Odemwingie spent the latter stages of last season at Bristol City from Stoke City but was subsequently released by the Potters at the end of the season.

“I’m a free agent for the first time in my career,” the forward told Sky Sports.

“It’s been a quiet summer. I’m waiting for offers to come in, the priority is to stay in the country but realising my age and I’m not a future prospect for any team that will take me on. But I’m definitely a good addition to a squad.”

The former Lille striker came close to joining newly promoted side, Hull City, during the summer but the move stalled sadly, following Steve Bruce’s departure from the club.

However, the striker who also featured for Cardiff City in the Premier League is still confident of joining another top team to help his chances with the Super Eagles.

“I have a father-in-law that’s very helpful. He’s a big football fan. He keeps saying you need to be proactive and most of the tips he gives me about clubs, Hull was one of them, he sent me an article through WhatsApp and said ‘Tell your agent to ring them up!'”

Bruce, who could become the next Aston Villa coach, Sunday, admitted that he had planned to offer the forward a deal before heading to the exit.

“He came and did pre-season, played a few games,” Bruce told Goal.

“If I’d have stayed I might have offered him something. He was still bright enough and most importantly fit enough. He’s 35 but he didn’t look 35. He was certainly on the short-list.”

Odemwingie scored 36 goals in over a century appearances in the Premier League as well as 44 others while in Russia and France.

He played 63 times for the Super Eagles scoring 10 goals.