Darren Fletcher’s expected move to West Ham United has broken down, according to West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce. Hence, the player may still stay with the Reds atleast till the end of the season.
With Darren Fletcher struggling to get enough playing time at Manchester United, rumours linked him with a move away from the club in the window. Big Sam’s West Ham looked to have been the destination for the Scottish midfielder.
Louis Van Gaal himself confirmed the matters, as he told in a press conference on Friday: “He is at West Ham now I believe, so we will have to wait and see.”
But, for unspecified reason, the move failed to materialise. Allardyce says the midfielder is unlikely to make a move to East London this winter after they lost 2-0 at Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.
When asked whether West Ham would be signing Fletcher before Monday night’s transfer deadline, Allardyce told Sky Sports: “It doesn’t look like it, no. It looks like it’s broken down on negotiations.”
Van Gaal also seems to be surprised with the outcome of this deal. Following United’s 3-1 victory over Leicester at Old Trafford, he told his post-match press conference: “I don’t know what is happening. When you allow your player to go to London for the medical, there is no problem. At the end there is no agreement, it is strange.”
“We want to help Fletcher. That is my only concern. I am very happy he is coming back. He is my third captain. Because of the competition he is not playing much. Because of that I want to help him. I don’t know what is happening there but the agreement is different there. On Saturday it is off. I cannot say anything about it,” he added.
Fletcher made his United debut in 2003 and has played 342 times for the club despite missing almost two years due to the debilitating illness ulcerative colitis. Lately though his playing time has reduced, as the midfielder started just the two games for Red Devils since August.
Despite Fletcher’s desire to move away for regular first team football, the midfielder may now have to settle for a place in the bench as the move to East London looks to have collapsed.