Nigerian former international Osaze Odemwingie has said he drove all the way to London thinking he was going to seal a move but added that the move failed because Hoillet failed to move the other way
The forward, who was playing for West Brom at the time, famously drove to Loftus Road without permission to try and force through a move to QPR, a transfer which ultimately failed to materialise.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast, Odemwingie said: “Why would I have driven to London in bad weather? It was dark already, it was winter and I had just had a new born, who was one week old.
“Why would I leave my wife and my new-born kid to drive to London and wait outside?
“One thing I would have done [if I had known] is call my friends at QPR and say ‘hey guys, can you find out whether Hoilett will actually come to West Brom or not?’
“That’s what I would have done. But I didn’t have to because I thought it was never a condition that he had to go the other way.
“I was left there waiting for the agents to tell me what’s next. Then the time was ticking, I had a medical to go through, I obviously had to read the contracts and everything had to be drafted.”
Osaze ended up staying at West Brom that season before moving to Cardiff City then Stoke City later on.
The 36-year-old former Nigerian international now plays for Madura United Football Club in the Indonesian League.