West Brom midfielder Robert Snodgrass missed out on the Premier League defeat against West Ham on Tuesday evening.
Sam Allardyce confirmed before the game that it was because of an agreement with the Irons when sealing his signature last week.
The Premier League are now investigating that so-called agreement, as it could break one of their clauses where sides can’t manipulate the selection of another player.
Relayed by Steve Madeley on his personal Twitter account after the game, Allardyce was questioned about the negotiations over the Snodgrass deal.
“If the Premier League want to know about it they can contact us privately and we will answer privately,” he told BT Sports.
Allardyce on Snodgrass. Refuses to answer BT Sport question: "If the Premier League want to know about it they can contact us privately and we will answer privately." #WBA
— Steve Madeley (@SteveMadeley78) January 19, 2021
Everything about this is strange.
No one was aware of any agreement before the game, and it appears as though people are just as confused after learning about it.
The main take from this is that it could have been easily avoided.
Allardyce could have just said Snodgrass was injured or unavailable, rather than admitting that there was an agreement between the two clubs.
Slaven Bilic could also have stopped this from happening.
It was reported by Joseph Masi that the previous boss could have signed Snodgrass in the summer, making him available for both games against West Ham.
Instead, he decided to sign Filip Krovinovic, which is currently looking like one of the worst deals we have seen for a long time at The Hawthorns.
It will be interesting to see the backlash of this investigation, but it appears as though Allardyce isn’t too worried by the FA.
In other West Brom news, many Baggies fans blown away by one player v West Ham