'We had a deal' - Manager reveals West Ham agreed midfielder deadline day exit
By Danny Wright
A deadline day documentary of Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has revealed that West Ham youngster Domingos Quina came close to joining the Championship new boys.
The video, which was shown on Bleacher Report’s official Twitter account, shows how Wilder wheeled and dealed on a frantic deadline day where a number of players came close to signing for the Blades.
Quina, 17, was one of players who was on the cusp of signing for Sheff United, and Wilder is seen in the video saying that there was an agreement reached with West Ham for the midfielder to seal an exit on a temporary basis.
However a sudden change of heart from the player’s agent saw the deal break down to the point that Quina is still in east London.
Watford striker Jerome Sinclair, who has the same agent as Quina, was also close to signing for the Blades on deadline day but had his move scuppered in similar fashion despite travelling up to Sheffield.
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After reading a text on his phone, Wilder says in the short documentary: “Just say no. Amendments to put over the line, we’ve got to, we had a deal.
“We can’t do that. We’ve agreed a deal with West Ham. We’ve agreed a deal with Watford. Everything is done. We are at our budget.
“This is not where we’re at. We’re giving him the opportunity to play Championship football.”
— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 2, 2017
Quina has three senior appearances to his name at West Ham and it now seems unlikely that he will be able to add to that any more after his move to Sheffield United didn’t come to fruition.
Football Insider Verdict
Quina has a lot of potential and it is definitely going to be more worth his time spent out on loan in an attack-minded team like Sheffield United than in the West Ham reserves. The Hammers clearly thought the same and sadly this brilliant documentary about Wilder has shown that agents very much have the final say on what goes on in the transfer market. Quina should do nothing else but sack his agent. First-team football is imperative to his development and his agent’s greed has cost him the chance of getting any money at all. Watford’s Sinclair, whose career seems to be on a downward spiral, should consider doing the same.