SPORT Explained: Why this Aston Villa deadline day transfer fell through The midfielder looked certain to be heading to Villa Park. A hamstring injury prevented Aston Villa from signing Leroy Fer on deadline day from Swansea City.
The 29-year-old was at Bodymoor Heath for a medical in the closing hours of the transfer window when problems started to emerge.
It's understood that Villa had concerns over the length of time he would miss with the injury and then moved onto other targets.
Fer, who missed Swansea's win over Millwall on Saturday, remained in south Wales with Daniel James who also missed out on a deadline day move to Leeds United.
Contrary to reports elsewhere, wages were not an issue, BirminghamLive understands and the only hitch was Fer's hamstring setback.
Villa signed Tom Carroll instead but he has also picked up an injury in his first week at Villa.
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