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Odense hit back at Baggies

Published 29/07/2010

Eric Djemba-Djemba
Eric Djemba-Djemba

West Brom have been accused of trying to sign Eric Djemba-Djemba at a knockdown price by claiming the move from Odense broke down on medical grounds.

The Danish club issued a statement refuting the claim made yesterday by the Baggies that was the reason they were not pursuing the former Manchester United and Aston Villa midfielder. Djemba-Djemba was allowed by his club to fly to England to hold talks with Albion boss Roberto Di Matteo and he watched Tuesday's friendly at Doncaster.

But Albion found a problem with Djemba-Djemba's knee when he underwent a medical. Odense director Kim Brink, in a statement, said: "West Brom have confirmed to us that there was a problem with the medical and wanted a lower price."

"I don't understand this. I want to confirm that Eric has no injuries whatsoever. Yes, he was injured during the spring but he's ready now.

"There are no problems so I think it is a poor explanation by West Brom to get a better price.

"People can come and say whatever they want to get a better price but if they really wanted Eric, they would pay what we agreed.

"I have experienced a lot in football and most things don't surprise me but this has surprised me because we were really close (to a deal)."

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