Osasuna criticise West Ham United for pulling out of Raoul Loe deal

Sam Allardyce's side were close to signing Raoul Loe: Action Images

Sam Allardyce's side were close to signing Raoul Loe: Action Images

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Osasuna have criticised West Ham United after pulling out of a move for Raoul Loe.

The Cameroon midfielder flew into London ahead of the deal but the Hammers cancelled the move after signing Antonio Nocerino.

Osasuna's sporting director Petar Vasiljevic told Sky Sports: "Everything that has happened has surprised me. It was all done and we left it with them. I cannot understand how a club at that level can negotiate and work in a two-faced way like that.

"It was a real shock how a club at this level was doing this. But every club know how things go and it was the same with this. We thought the subject was concluded and felt the talks had been completed.

"I want to explain what happened with Raoul Loe and how strange things became throughout the negotiations.

"The club received a firm offer from West Ham and we reached an agreement.

"It was then left in the player's hands to go ahead and pass the medical. He travelled to London with his agent where they waited and went to a hotel. Up until then everything went well.

"The following day when they had to undergo the tests they pulled out of the deal, blaming it on the fact that they signed someone else.

"I was then sent an e-mail confirming that West Ham had chosen to go with another player with different conditions and was a deal they had been working on for several weeks.

"It was a loan deal that they said was completed and gave their apologies."

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