With West Bromwich Albion having a busy end to the January transfer window deadline day with three late captures, Sunderland defender Bryan Oviedo has now confirmed that the club were in for him at the end of last month, but that the deal did fall down.
The Costa Rican international was rumoured to be a fourth potential capture, following on from Stefan Johansen, Jacob Murphy and Jefferson Montero and it’s claimed he was at The Hawthorns with a medical passed and a contract agreed.
Speaking to outlet crhoy recently, the 28-year-old blamed a paperwork delay for the mysterious failure to get the move through.
“In the end a document did not arrive on time, I passed the medical tests and everything was fine…I do not know what happened. One of the two clubs did not send the document.”
With Kieran Gibbs and Connor Townsend giving cover and options at left-back it would’ve been strange to see us add a third really, so few fans will be concerned that we ultimately missed out but I imagine some will be pleased to know that we were attempting to get more players in to bolster our push for a return to the Premier League at the first time of asking this season.