West Brom explain late collapse of Olsson and Cole deals, Norwich affected

West Brom missed out on signing West Ham's Carlton Cole and former Blackburn star Jonas Olsson.

West Brom clinched the signing of Darren Fletcher last night, but that was the only one of three players they had at The Hawthorns they managed to complete.

Amid a frenetic deadline day scramble, Carlton Cole and Martin Olsson missed out on transfers to join Tony Pulis' side.

The West Bromwich Albion official website sought to clear up the confusion in the early hours after the deadline had passed.

Carlton Cole

"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."

Martin Olsson

"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."

What next?

It does not appear the Baggies will be applying for any special dispensation for an extension from the Premier League, instead accepting the deals were just not done in time.

In Cole's case it was not even agreed, thanks to West Ham's own deals to replace him collapsing.

Olsson was due to arrive in a swap deal with Norwich City, and the deal has a knock on effect for the Canaries, as it means Graham Dorrans had to be recalled from the last minute agreement he had with the club.

For all players involved it is an unsatisfactory experience, as they now have to continue between now and the end of the season at clubs who have made clear they are not currently in their first team plans. 

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