West Ham United insider ExWHUemployee has recently discussed the situation regarding the transfer of Robert Snodgrass to West Bromwich Albion.
Earlier this month, Sam Allardyce recruited the Scottish winger from the Hammers on a permanent transfer and the player put pen to paper on an 18-month deal (per BBC).
The winger featured for the Baggies in his first game at the club in the 3-2 win against Wolves, however, was then not included in the squad against the Irons (per Transfermarkt).
This led to an investigation from the Premier League being launched, as Allardyce admitted after the game that he did not play because of “an agreement between the clubs“.
During the latest episode of The West Ham Way Podcast, ExWHUemployee claimed that the club is confident of avoiding punishment for the West Brom gaffer’s slip of the tongue.
He said: “The club are fairly confident that nothing will happen from [the investigation].
“They’re saying that Allardyce was joking and that there wasn’t even a discussion about it, and that’s his form of a sense of humour.
“I think that might be a bit of a [dodgy] excuse to try and get out of it, but that is what the club are going with.
“Either way, it’s not written in any agreement, so hopefully, I think the club should be okay.”
TIF Thoughts on what ExWHUemployee said about the Robert Snodgrass transfer…
As can be seen in what the in-the-know podcaster had to say, the Hammers are claiming that Allardyce was joking and they are hopeful that will appease the Premier League.
Are you worried about the Premier League's investigation into the transfer?
No, it will be fine
Yes, could be an issue
If West Ham were to have had an agreement with West Brom that Snodgrass would not play against then, as Allardyce stated, they would be in breach of Premier League rule I7 (per BBC).
While the Irons are supposedly “fairly confident” of avoiding punishment, it will be interesting to see what the outcome of the top flight’s investigation is.