Sunday Feb 14, 2021. 16:00
Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa will not be joining West Bromwich Albion according to the club’s manager Sam Allardyce.
The experienced winger is known to have traveled to England for a potential deal with the Premier League club with Allardyce having confirmed interest in the player.
However, Allardyce has now explained that West Brom’s financial state will not allow his side to hand Musa a contract with 28-year-old player having been a free-agent since October 2020.
“We’d already brought four players in, so it didn’t fall within our budget anymore,” Allardyce said, as per Birmingham Mail.
“More players would have had to have left to have funded that one. It’s a shame that Musa didn’t get in or come in earlier, obviously because of Covid he couldn’t make it.
“He may have been one of the four that we brought in, but because he was the fifth it couldn’t get done.”
Musa is currently a free agent having parted ways with Saudi Professional League club Al Nasser in October 2020.
It was reported that West Brom attempted to sign Musa from Al Nasser at the beginning of the current season in September 2020.
However, a proposed loan deal did not come to fruition despite the player agreeing personal terms with the Baggies.
Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr recently stated that Musa should find a new club before their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.
The Super Eagles are set to take on the Benin and Lesotho in their last two 2022 AFCON qualifiers next month.