West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed he has ended his interest in Ahmed Musa after the ex-Leicester forward trained with the Baggies.
Allardyce says he was desperate to sign the Nigerian as he stakes his reputation with West Brom who look doomed and a confirmed candidate for the Skybet Championships where they were less than a year ago.
Circumstances beyond the control of Allardyce and the Nigeria captain meant the deal fell through.
Musa arrived late because of Covid-19 protocols, meaning Albion had run out of money having already signed Robert Snodgrass, Andy Lonergan, Mbaye Diagne and Okay Yokuslu in January.
“We bought four players in so that didn’t fall within our budget,” revealed Allardyce.
“It was a shame Musa didn’t come in earlier because of Covid and he may have been one of the four we brought in but because he was the fifth it couldn’t get done.”