• Stephen Ward deal scuppered at the last

    In a twist reminiscent of Sammy Lee's almost-move to the Albion, it appears that Stephen Ward has been snatched from under the noses of the club at the 11th hour.

    Southampton came in for Lee when personal terms at the Amex had been agreed and, on this occasion, it seems Burnley's Premier League status, and cash, has ruined a deal that was as good as done.

    At the time Southampton intercepted Sammy Lee, a club insider commented that it was if Saints staff were gathered around Sky Sports, saw the Sammy Lee deal reported and picked up the phone to intervene. Tonight David Burke and Sami Hyypia will be experiencing a cruel sense of deja vu.

    After a significant investment of time pursuing Stephen Ward this Summer, work that looked like finally paying dividends today, senior club personnel have been left absolutely fuming by this evening's developments.

    More worrying is, the Albion's long-standing left-back problem. After an outstanding 2013/14 campaign when on loan from Wolves, Stephen Ward had long been the Albion's number one target. With Ward appearing to be Burnley bound tonight the issue has returned with a vengeance, with the Albion facing two testing away fixtures over the next five days.

    Should Ward complete the move to Burnley, he will join up with a host of former Wolves teammates who, together, achieved promotion from the Championship in 2009.

    Albion fans will be left puzzled as to why the club, awash with the proceeds of the sales of Liam Bridcutt, Leonardo Ulloa and the recently departed Will Buckley, did not act more swiftly this Summer to secure the services of a player who excelled last term and has been outcast at Wolves since he returned from his loan spell.
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Jam The Man's Avatar
      Jam The Man -
      That last comment is at the very heart of all our dealings this summer.
      It's all very well saying the window Is open til September but why faff when we have had plenty of opportunities (particularly in the case of Ward) to get deals over the line.
      Playing the waiting game has failed spectacularly this summer.
    1. Papa Lazarou's Avatar
      Papa Lazarou -
      I'm aghast at the whole shambles
    1. Dick Knights Mumm's Avatar
      Dick Knights Mumm -
      We are being played like an old guitar by agents. We are clearly not seen as a Club on the up, paying good money to get there. And in these circumstances the stadium and training ground account for not a lot.

      It all comes back to the parachute payments. They are killing this division.
    1. Dick Knights Mumm's Avatar
      Dick Knights Mumm -
      Albion fans will be left puzzled as to why the club, awash with the proceeds of the sales of Liam Bridcutt, Leonardo Ulloa and the recently departed Will Buckley, did not act more swiftly this Summer to secure the services of a player who excelled last term and has been outcast at Wolves since he returned from his loan spell.

      To me it looks like other clubs were waiting for us to sort out his contract with Wolves - then were going to make a decision whether to step in. We did the leg-work - they get the player. In this case it was Burnley - but I bet other clubs were looking and waiting.
    1. Kosh's Avatar
      Kosh -
      Now the club need t react and find a suitable and reasonably high profile replacement. A statement of this sort will go a long way to repairing the damage caused to the 'brand' in recent weeks. Perspective is key here, he's a decent player at this level, but a proven failure in the PL. I wish him well, but (if we survive) I suspect we'll be seeing him next season. Alas, but money talks.
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