Sunderland full-back Bryan Oviedo has taken the time to explain how his transfer deadline day move to West Bromwich Albion fell through in the 11th hour last week.
The former Everton defender has one year left on his deal at the Stadium of Light, but thought he was going to get a move to the Championship to play under Darren Moore at the Hawthorns.
However, after completing a medical in the West Midlands, one of the parties involved failed to submit the relevant paperwork for the transfer to be confirmed and no deal took place.
Speaking to Costa Rican outlet Crhoy, Oviedo expressed his confusion turned-frustration in the final hours of Thursday’s deadline day:
In the end a document did not arrive on time, I passed the medical tests and everything was fine… I do not know what happened. One of the 2 clubs did not send the document. I was notified at 6:00 p.m, I traveled about 3 hours from my house, I did the medical tests and I signed, but in the end it was 11:05 and I saw that something was strange. I asked my representative and he told me that they supposedly did not send the documents before 11:00 pm.
The Baggies entered the winter transfer window in search of a new full-back, with 35-year-old Tyrone Mears the only recognised right-back in the squad but were only able to land Mason Holgate on loan from Everton.
Oviedo has featured 16 times for Sunderland on their this term in their mission to return to the Championship, but he was understandably left disappointed to see an opportunity to move up sooner disappear.