You may not be a follower of football so I will try to set the scene.
Every year there are two periods when football clubs are allowed to buy and sell players. Clubs doing poorly looking to boost their team, teams saddled with under performing players looking to trim their wage bill, new Russian owners looking to recycle their billions, the transfer window as it is known attracts all sorts.
Like almost everything we humans do so much is left to the last-minute. Imagine a manic trading floor like in Wall Street or Trading Places, that’s what it is like in football clubs across the country on the last day of the transfer window with faxes whirring, email’s pinging and phones buzzing as deals are made, attempted to be made or reneged.
One player hoping to make a move was Peter Odemwingie who normally plys his trade for West Bromwich Albion (WBA) FC. He seemingly had become disenchanted with life in the Midlands and yearned for a change of scene.
His preferred destination Queen’s Park Rangers (QPR) FC, a west London club languishing at the bottom of the league table and most notable these days for how much they are willing to pay in pursuing players to save themselves from relegation.
The would he wouldn’t he go saga was one of the story’s of the transfer window. On the last day of the transfer window so sure was Peter that the deal was close to being done he jumped in his motor to head down to West London.
Outside the grounds of QPR a clearly elated Odemwengie gave this interview
Football is a fickle business, the deal never got done. QPR even refused him entry to the club and with his tail between his legs he’s had to head back to West Brom. Cue widespread hilarity at his plight and a classic tweet that went viral to the tune of Carly Rae Jepson “Call me Maybe”
“Hey, I just drove here. And this is crazy. I’m in your car park. So sign me maybe.”