Deadline Deal Breakdowns
While the whole entire world apparently waited on tenterhooks to see just where David Beckham would land, and stayed up late to see how many signings Harry Redknapp would sneak in under the wire, a couple of more unusual stories cropped up during yesterday’s Transfer Deadline Apocalypse Day.
February 1st, 2013
First, to London from Birmingham – and back there again – as want-away West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie took the footballing law into his own hands by driving to Loftus Road to discuss personal terms with QPR representatives – before transfer terms had even been agreed between the clubs.
It seems that, having already bid teammates at the Hawthorns farewell and arrived in the Loftus Road car park – where he even took a page out of his supposed new boss’s handbook by granting an interview to Sky Sports News from inside his car – the Baggies striker was denied access to the ground when it emerged that the move would not go through, despite his agreeing to give up a contractual bonus in an effort to speed up the deal.
Another proposed move broke down at the final hurdle yesterday when, after passing a medical at Nottingham Forest with a view to a move, Peterborough striker George Boyd was subjected to an “inconclusive eye test”, after which time Forest owners the Al-Hasawi family were said to have called off the deal.
Posh Chairman Darragh MacAnthony took to Twitter to vent his fury – as do so many bosses these days – labelling the breakdown a “total disgrace”, while Peterborough director of football Barry Fry blasted the owners himself while sparing manager Alex McLeish, who it’s said was still keen for the move to go ahead despite the test results.
“He’s played 300 games and scored from the halfway line the other month, but Forest say he has an eyesight problem,” said MacAnthony. The deal was cancelled at approximately 9pm last night; only two hours before the transfer window – mercifully – closed.