Wolves boss explains ‘letting’ Broja go to Fulham

Wolves manager, Gary O’Neil has explained the reason his club failed to sign Armando Broja from Chelsea during the January transfer window.

Broja was available for sale, but no club was willing to meet Chelsea’s £50m price tag, and the 22-year-old ended up going to Fulham on a six-month loan.

Wolves were strongly linked with the Albanian, but ended up missing the signing, and O’Neil has explained why.

Speaking about his side’s inability to get a new forward in January, O’Neil said at a press conference on Friday: “There were a few strikers out there I liked – and we couldn’t afford any.

“We could afford some but those weren’t ones who I thought could help us.

“Finances are an issue. I was speaking to Chelsea about Armando Broja for a lot of the day. We couldn’t afford to do it financially.

“We weren’t able to go to the places others were. And that’s the position. It’s the position the club said they were in when they spoke to me.

“I was hopeful that clearing some wages would enable me to act. It turns out that wages weren’t a problem, the fees were.

“Of course, we could have thrown our toys out of the pram, had a strop, demanded things – but all of that would have been jeopardizing the good of the club. But we haven’t broken any rules or gone into any areas where we shouldn’t.”

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