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Quotes of the week: Transfer deadline day ‘little white lies’ special

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The transfer window opens, and the truth has a knack of flying straight out of it. The speculation is all good fun, but now that the dust has begun to settle on the month, it’s time to look at who said what now – and, just as importantly, who said what then...

Peter Odemwingie

January 31, 7pm: "I am optimistic,” says West Bromwich Albion player Peter. “A few good players have arrived here [at QPR] and I am happy with the trust Harry Redknapp has in me. The last few results have given us a chance to stay up.”

January 31, 7:50pm: Club statement: “ALBION have moved to clarify developments regarding Peter Odemwingie after the striker was filmed a short while ago arriving at Loftus Road. The club can confirm they have held further discussions with QPR today but those talks have so far proven fruitless and no agreement has been reached. Albion would also like to make clear that Peter has not been given permission to speak to QPR about a potential move."

The ex-pro reacts

Martin Keown: "It stinks of a poor education - Odemwingie should have behaved better. He's a good player but can be replaced by West Brom. It's clear the move is all about the money for Odemwingie."

He’s a son of two doctors and speaks French, English and Russian. That’s Odemwingie, not Keown.

With friends like these...

“I got a great hash tag for this geezer from West Brom called @odemwingiep .. #reintegration” – Kevin Pietersen

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Harry Redknapp

December 22: "There are a lot of players at this club who earn far too much money. Far too much for their ability and what they give to the club. I don't really want to see the owners have their pants taken down like they have in the past."

January 31 2013: QPR sign Chris Samba for a club record fee and reported wages of £100,000 a week, with no pay-cut should the bottom club in the division not escape relegation. Earlier in the month Loic Remy chose QPR over Newcastle, though he denied that the London club offering double the wages of the Magpies was a factor in his decision.

David Beckham

December 29, Paris Saint-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti: "I know that he is leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy, but we are not interested"

January 31, David Beckham: “Bonjour.”

Saint David of Leytonstone - or how to win yourself some unbelievable PR

January 31, Beckham: "I won't receive any salary. We have decided my salary will go towards a local children's charity in Paris and that is one of the things we are very excited and proud to do."

February 1 (a flavour of the sort of press reaction 'statesman' Beckham attracted: "But as much as the gesture to give all his salary to a children's charity took the attention, it was the sheer enthusiasm of football's Peter Pan that caught the eye."

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Danny Graham

In an interview during his time at Watford, when asked who he would support if his boyhood team Newcastle United did not exist: “Put it this way. I would stay as far away from Sunderland as I could. It would probably have to be Gateshead.”

January 31: "As soon as I heard about the interest from Sunderland I didn't even have to consider any of the other options that were on the table. “Of course, I totally understand that some fans might need convincing about my commitment to Sunderland because of my roots, but I've always given 100 per cent no matter what team I play for and no matter who I play against.”

Mario Balotelli

January 25, Roberto Mancini: “It is not true, Mario stays here. We are 18 players now. We can’t sell any players.”

January 31: Balotelli completes move from Manchester City to AC Milan.

‘Inconclusive eye test’

Peterborough director of football on the non-sale of George Boyd to Nottingham Forest over an ‘inconclusive eye test’ – “It was the owners who pulled out and they are a disgrace to the game. I don't know how they can call themselves fit and proper. I can't understand why they called it off 12 hours after his medical and after Alex spent three weeks trying to get the player.”

Nottingham Forest manager Alex McLeish: "Sometimes he [Owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi] will say no to my requests and suggestions and sometimes I will say no to his because I am a strong manager. If that's the level of the alleged 'bust-up' then I guess we'll be reading about more managers having them with their owners this week."

Opportunist marketers

Forest's rivals Notts County's website, February 1: “Three members of Notts County’s squad underwent eye tests at the West Bridgford branch of club sponsors Vision Express on Thursday afternoon...”

Nigel de Jong and Gary Cotterill: The transfer window’s Frost v Nixon

Cotterill: “Nigel – can we have a quick word for Sky Sports?”

De Jong: [Silence, signs shirt for fan standing nearby]

Cotterill: “Glad to have Mario here?”

De Jong: [Silence]

Cotterill: “Glad to have Mario here? You know him well?”

De Jong, grinning: “Sorry , I’m on the phone”

[Drives off]

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Alan Pardew

2006: "I did see a headline saying Arsenal are flying the flag for Britain, and I wondered where that British involvement was. The foreign players and coaches have been fantastic, they have added massively to the game and we have all learned from them, but we are losing the soul of British football and English players should be integrated into the teams.”

January 2013: Pardew signs five French players and one Swiss teenager in winter window.

January 31: Newcastle’s English forward Sammy Ameobi tweets: “Even did a French v rest of the world in training this morning...we smashed them 5-0 #thatsawkward

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