Transfer news: Peter Odemwingie claims Stoke City interest last summer
Peter Odemwingie is settled at Stoke and has revealed that manager Mark Hughes tried to sign him last summer.
Last Updated: 25/03/14 10:49am
The 32-year-old moved to Cardiff City from West Bromwich Albion in September 2013 after falling out with the Baggies.
However, the Nigerian failed to settle at the Welsh outfit and scored just one goal in 15 Premier League appearances before joining Stoke in January on an 18-month contract.
Odemwingie has since regained his form and has scored four times in eight league matches, and he has now said that he could have made the switch to Stoke last summer.
"The manager knew what he was looking for because he tried to bring me last summer," said the former Lille forward, quoted in the Daily Express.
"Things didn't go well for me in Cardiff. I was switched about in the team, sometimes as a striker and sometimes as a winger.
"It was difficult to adapt there because it is not a team that has been in the Premier League before. I needed more time to settle there.
"But at Stoke the boys know what they are doing and the structure is there. It makes things easy.
"I already have four goals. I won't say Cardiff was a bad team but there was a little bit missing. I had a stressful 2013."
Odemwingie added that he felt welcomed at Stoke right from the start and feels confident under Hughes.
"Off the pitch we have a lively dressing room with a lot of jokes," he said. "They welcomed me from day one.
"People at the club have made it easy for me. I feel very lucky. I am a confident player again. It is important how the manager treats me.
"From day one he gave me 90 minutes, the next game, 90 minutes. I made a lot of errors in the beginning but he only encouraged me.
"So I put in a bit more effort and I scored a few goals and the confidence is there."