West Brom's Peter Odemwingie emerges as target for Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup
PETER Odemwingie has emerged as a new target for Michael Laudrup as he bids to bolster Swansea City's frontline.
Laudrup reckons added firepower will be key if Swansea are to have any chance of progressing next season.
And the Evening Post understands West Brom frontman Odemwingie is one of the names on the Dane's radar.
The Nigerian international is expected to leave the Hawthorns this summer after he fell out with the Baggies last season.
Odemwingie, who will be 32 next month, could be available for around £3 million.
He has previously been valued at £5 million, but the price is dropping as he has only one year left on his contract.
Premier League new boys Hull City and Crystal Palace — who attempted to get Odemwingie on loan last term — have both been linked with the former Lokomotiv Moscow player in recent weeks.
Queens Park Rangers tried to sign Odemwingie during the January transfer window — but the move collapsed in spectacular fashion.
Odemwingie arrived at Loftus Road on deadline day and was interviewed on television before about his imminent switch to London, only for West Brom to reveal that no transfer fee had been agreed.
Odemwingie, Albion's all-time leading scorer in the Premier League, claimed they had priced him out of a move, and he has since criticised the club more than once via his Twitter page.
He is due to hold talks imminently about his future with the West Brom hierarchy — and he is then thought likely to say his farewells. Laudrup has already missed out on a number of targets, with Iago Aspas set to join Liverpool, Leo Baptistao on his way to Atletico Madrid and Romelu Lukaku expected to stay at Chelsea next season rather than leave on loan.
Another forward Laudrup admires, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has said he will not join Swansea, while Arouna Kone is thought to be wanted by a handful of clubs.
Laudrup has expressed frustration over the lack of progress in the transfer market, leading to speculation about his future in SA1.
There have been suggestions that he could meet Huw Jenkins to discuss the way forward this week, but the Swansea chairman has told the Post that no meeting is planned.
Swansea, who have played down stories linking them with Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone, are waiting to discover whether new Dutch international Dwight Tiendalli will still be their player next season.
Tiendalli made his first appearance for Holland's senior side last Friday having impressed in a Swansea shirt last term.
But there is no guarantee at this stage that the full-back will return for 2013-14.
Laudrup had hinted that Tiendalli would be freed when his current deal expires this month, but the 27-year-old has now been offered fresh terms. And Swansea say they are waiting to hear whether Tiendalli will put pen to paper on a new agreement.
The former Twente player stated at the end of the season that he was keen to stay in SA1 having made 21 appearances last term.
He came on for the last 24 minutes of Holland's 3-0 win over Indonesia on Friday.
Jonathan de Guzman, who spent last season on loan at Swansea, played the full game. Both could feature — as well as Swans keeper Michel Vorm — against China today.