Allardyce admits West Ham deal for Darren Fletcher has 'broken down'

Sam Allardyce says his bid to sign Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has failed.

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has told Sky Sports that the proposed deal to bring Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher to Upton Park has collapsed.

The Hammers lost earlier today, with goals from Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge handing Liverpool a 2-0 win at Anfield.

The result was a big disappointment, and Allardyce had a double blow for fans, revealing that Fletcher won't be signing for West Ham before Monday's transfer deadline.

"It doesn't look like it, no," said Allardyce when asked whether there was any chance a deal would be pushed through. "It looks like it's broken down on negotiations," he added.

Fletcher, 30, has been linked with a move to Upton Park throughout the week, with speculation suggesting that the Scottish international was close to a move to East London, with United reportedly ready to grant him a free transfer.

However, it now looks like Fletcher will see out his contract at Old Trafford, which expires at the end of this season - and with no signs of an extension, his exit may just be delayed.

It's unfortunate for West Ham, who may need another midfielder given that Alex Song ended the game against Liverpool at centre back.

The injury crisis in the heart of West Ham's defence means Song had to fill in, and Fletcher would have provided cover in midfield to replace him in his temporary role - but Allardyce has admitted that the deal is off.

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