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Fletcher move to West Ham is off

by Richard Laverty

Louis van Gaal has confirmed Darren Fletcher’s move to West Ham United is on hold for the time being.

Sam Allardyce had confirmed the deal was off after West Ham’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool and van Gaal was further questioned on the matter for MUTV after the 3-1 win against Leicester City.

It was confirmed just 24 hours ago by Van Gaal himself that Fletcher was in London to talk to West Ham ahead of completing a move before Monday’s deadline.

But it appears the move has fallen through due to West Ham wanting to take the midfielder on loan whilst United were looking for a permanent transfer.

“I thought Darren was going to sign a contract,” Van Gaal stated.

“But, at the end, they look for a loan and that was not the agreement. I’m only listening to what is now said by West Ham United.

“There is no agreement. We want to help Fletcher and that is my only concern. I am very happy as a manager that he is coming back.

“He is my third captain. He is not playing very much, so I want to help him. I don’t know what is happening there, but the agreement was different on Friday. Now, on Saturday, it is off.”

Fletcher’s contract expires in June this year and no move away should be ruled out given the 30-year-old’s will to play games added to the fact he is getting almost no regular game time at Old Trafford.

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