Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says potential Leroy Fer 'move is now dead'

Dick Advocaat

The QPR midfielder failed a medical this week.

This week saw Sunderland miss out on one of their transfer targets, as Leroy Fer was ruled out of a move to The Stadium of Light this summer because of yet another failed medical.

Fer, who failed a medical before a previously mooted move to Everton a couple of years back, looked set to join Sunderland from QPR this summer – as The Hoops look to get his wages off the bill at Loftus Road.

Now dick Advocaat has confirmed that there is no chance they will make a move for the player this summer if his fitness.

He told Sky Sports:

“Yeah definitely (I’m disappointed). He is a player who can score goals and go box-to-box.

“But unfortunately these kind of things happen. It did not work out positively for us and for him.

“Yes. That move is now dead.”

The Dutch international would have been an excellent signing for Sunderland.

The midfielder, who played at last summer’s World Cup, was unfortunate to be at a club that were relegated last term.

The powerful midfielder is capable of scoring goals but also playing in a more defensive role and along with Yann M’Vila, would have been a physically imposing midfield option at the Stadium of light.

However, the fitness issues Fer has suffered in the past, which did not seem to put Norwich City or QPR off of a move, seem to have ended all hope of his arrival on Wearside.

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