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Stoke new boy Odemwingie: I played it safe this transfer window

Peter Odemwingie has revealed that he did not jump the gun during the January transfer window.

The Nigerian striker was left with egg on his face last winter when he drove from West Bromwich Albion to QPR in order to finalise a mooted move to west London.

The move never went through ad it was later revealed that there was not even a proposed deal in place to sign the former Lille and Lokomotiv Moscow man.

Last month, Odemwingie joined Stoke City from Cardiff City (after signing with the Bluebirds in September 2013) in a swap deal involving Kenwyne Jones and he admits he was sure not to make a similar mistake this time around following his embarrassing slip-up 12 months ago.

"Absolutely it was different," said Odemwingie. "This time I made sure everything was right. Everyone had spoken, including the managers, but I said I would be the last to confirm.

"It wasn't until the last piece of paperwork was done, just before I got on the plane to Sunderland, that I put up the picture of me with my Stoke shirt. You can't blame me for that."

He added: "We all learn in life. The episode was a bit exaggerated, but I read an interview with Gareth Barry, whose move (to Everton) was done at the last minute, and he said he stayed away from the ground until he knew his move was going through because of what happened to me.

"I'm happy to serve as an example for players to avoid it because afterwards it was a bit stressful."

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