Crystal Palace are exploring the possibility of taking Peter Odemwingie on loan for the remainder of the season with a view to a possible permanent deal if the Championship club win promotion to the Premier League.

Odemwingie's short-term future at The Hawthorns is shrouded in doubt on the back of his conduct last week, when he angered the club with the controversial comments he made on Twitter followed by his decision to drive to Loftus Road on deadline day only for a proposed move to Queens Park Rangers to collapse. Albion have said that Odemwingie will face disciplinary action for his behaviour.

Although Steve Clarke, the Albion head coach, refused to rule out the possibility of Odemwingie featuring for the club again, reintegrating the forward into first-team squad promises to be far from straightforward. There is also the question of how the club's supporters would react to seeing him in an Albion shirt again.

With that in mind, Palace's interest, ahead of the Football League loan window opening on Friday, could solve a major headache for Albion if the London club are willing to cover the player's wages.