Victor Anichebe has revealed that Peter Odemwingie was instrumental in convincing him to end a 15-year association with Everton by moving to West Bromwich Albion.
Anichebe, having completed a deadline-night move south that could become worth £6 million, said discussions in the past with his Nigerian international colleague had persuaded him to take the plunge with the Premier League’s bottom club.
"I’ve spoken to Peter in the past and, no matter what people say about him, he has always had good words to say about the club," the 25-year-old said.
"He has always said what a good club it is -- a family club. Hopefully I can help them now by playing well. I’m happy to be here."
As Anichebe checked in, Odemwingie was waving goodbye to the West Midlands for Cardiff after a happy stay that turned distinctly sour in its final eight months.
For all the headaches the speedy forward caused them, Albion find themselves still seeking to replace his goal potential after Romelu Lukaku returned to Chelsea in May and this week linked up with Everton in a loan deal.
And Anichebe believes his own best years could be ahead of him at a club where he scored a late New Year’s Day winner for Everton two seasons ago.
His eight goals in 2012-13 added up to his most prolific return in the first team and he added: "Hopefully West Brom is where everyone will see the best of me.
"I think people started to see what I can do last season, when I chipped in with some goals and had some consistent performances.
"I was a consistent performer and played most of the games, so hopefully I can carry that on into this season and do well for West Brom."
Albion’s next League game is away to Fulham a week on Saturday before they face what already looks a key clash at home to Sunderland the following weekend.