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Albion strike second deal of transfer window

3 February 2015

"We are very happy with the deals we have done" - Chairman

ALBION welcomed Darren Fletcher as their deadline day signing after some dramatic final hours in the transfer window.

The Baggies were delighted to welcome the Manchester United midfielder and Scotland captain into their camp at the end of some frantic activity before the window slammed shut.

But there was frustration for the club in the final hours when deals to recruit Carlton Cole and Martin Olsson collapsed for reasons beyond their control.

West Ham striker Cole was all set to sign for a nominal fee but was recalled in the last hour of business by the Hammers when their own plans to recruit Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor fell through.

Meanwhile, a deal to bring Swedish international left back Olsson to The Hawthorns in an exchange deal involving Graham Dorrans was also lined up. 

But despite terms being agreed earlier in the day, the transfer broke down in the final minutes when the player and his advisors failed to arrive for his medical in sufficient time. 

Dorrans returns to the Hawthorns as a result.

All of which left a day of frantic activity and negotiations producing  just the one completed signing of Fletcher to add to last week’s capture of Callum McManaman for an undisclosed fee.

Chairman Jeremy Peace said: "We did not get all the business done that we might have but we are thrilled to bring in a player and a character of Darren’s calibre.

"His reputation in the game goes before him. We have recruited a leader on the pitch and off it and a fantastic footballer who is used to setting and following the highest standards – he will be a major addition to our squad.

"We were disappointed for Carlton because he was also excited about joining us but for reasons which were beyond our control we could not complete the deal. The same can be said for the proposal involving Martin Olsson and Graham.

"But we have always maintained that January is a difficult time to do business and we are very happy with the deals we have done in bringing Callum and Darren to the club.” 

Peace also discounted speculation which had rumbled throughout the day linking Albion striker Brown Ideye with a move to Qatari club Al Gharafa. 

"There is no deal and Brown remains an Albion player," said Peace.


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