Swansea City midfielder Leroy Fer’s deadline day move to Aston Villa collapsed over fears about his fitness, according to the Birmingham Mail.
They report that the Dutchman was all set to complete a switch to Villa Park on 31 January when his medical flagged up a hamstring injury which raised concerns.
Villa were reportedly concerned about how long the injury may keep Fer out for and they moved onto his team-mate Tom Carroll, who has ironically picked up a knock himself during his first week with the Midlands club.
It’s not the first time that Fer has seen a January switch fall apart due to concerns about his fitness; in 2013, Everton pulled out (Guardian) of a winter swoop for sign him because of concerns over a knee injury.
Desperation can sometimes take over on deadline day so it’s good that Villa had enough foresight and caution to pull out of a deal for Fer once the problem had been flagged.
It’s rare for a player to fail one medical in their career, so for two different teams to pull out of deals for the same player on medical ground six years apart indicates that there is some deeper-lying issue.
Either way, that’s not Villa’s job to sort out – they just needed central midfield improvements – and will be hoping that Carroll can come back as quickly as possible to make the most of avoiding the crocked Fer.