Jakarta. Former English Premier League footballer Peter Odemwingie has come to a pre-agreement with East Java's Madura United to play in Indonesia's top tier Liga 1, which will kick off in April.
The 35-year-old Nigerian winger will be tested first in a few exhibition matches next week in Cilacap, Central Java, and Yogyakarta. The preseason matches and a medical test on March 30 will determine whether Odemwingie is fit for the team.
"The agreement with the player is 99 percent complete as we've agreed on the pre-contract conditions," Madura United team manager Haruna Soemitro said via the club's social media accounts on Saturday (18/03).
"Odemwingie's quality conforms to the team's current needs, yet we need to see his performance during the preseason matches in Cilacap and Yogyakarta next week," he added.
Odemwingie had his peak performance in 2010-13 when he played for West Bromwich Albion and he scored 31 goals in 90 appearances.
The winger player, who according to transfermarkt.com is worth $537,675, was released by Rotherham United in January. Before joining Rotherham in October last year, he was loaned out by his former club Stoke City to Bristol City, where he scored just two goals in seven appearances.
The possibility of Odemwingie joining Madura adds the heat to Indonesia's football transfer market, especially after Persib Bandung made a surprise move by signing ex-Chelsea star Michael Essien this week.
The Indonesian Football Association, or PSSI, recently announced that the 18 clubs of the Liga 1 have the right to sign only one foreign player, who must be a marquee one — who had played in the FIFA World Cup or for the European top flight leagues.