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Why the Groningen-Fulham partnership didn’t materialize

Fulham were quite close to signing striker Erik Nevland from Dutch first division side Groningen and the Norwegian international too was eager to make the switch to the Premiership but talks broke down at the last moment. But why?

Sky Sports gives you the answer through Groningen general manager Hans Nijland who told the club’s official website:

The first bid from Fulham was 1.2million euros. That is what we called insufficient. Eventually Fulham would not go beyond 1.5million euros. This is not enough. For that amount we can not get a good replacement in the short period that is left and we can not justify it to our supporters.

In the wake of the move breaking off, Nevland handed in his captain’s armband. Previously Nevland was captaining Groningen but now that he has been stopped from making his much wanted move to the Premiership, he is clearly frustrated and has expressed his resentment by surrendering his captainship. You can well imagine what else he might do in the rest of the season.

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