Fletcher deal off, Van Gaal

Fletcher deal off, Van Gaal

Darren Fletcher’s proposed move to West Ham is off, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has announced.

The long-serving midfielder looked set to leave Old Trafford for the Hammers after he had a medical at the London club on Friday.

But United boss Louis van Gaal said after Saturday’s win over Leicester that the deal had fallen through after West Ham moved the goal posts.

Van Gaal claims the Hammers wanted to make the deal temporary, rather than permanent, causing the deal to collapse.

“I thought Darren was going to sign a contract,” Van Gaal told BBC Sport.

“But at the end they look for a loan and that was not the agreement.

“When you allow your player to go to London for the medical, there is no problem. At the end there is no agreement, it is strange.

“I don’t know what is happening there but the agreement is different there. On Saturday it is off.”

Speaking after West Ham’s 2-0 defeat at Liverpool, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce confirmed the deal had stalled.

“Fletcher broke down on negotiations this morning. I really don’t know (what will happen) at this moment in time,” Allardyce said.

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