The Premier League is investigating an agreement between West Ham and West Brom over Robert Snodgrass’ transfer after an admission from Sam Allardyce on Tuesday night.

Allardyce’s Baggies side were beaten 2-1 by the Hammers at London Stadium, but Snodgrass did not feature.

Snodgrass’ transfer is being investigated

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Snodgrass’ transfer is being investigated

The West Brom manager revealed pre-match that this was because of ‘an agreement between the clubs’ that was part of the deal which saw the midfielder move to the Hawthorns on January 8.

Allardyce explained: “[We agreed] this game he wouldn’t be allowed to play. If we needed to get the player, which we did, we had to agree to that.”

Snodgrass would have been available on a free transfer at the end of the season, but was allowed to join West Brom for a nominal fee earlier this month.

The agreement not to select Snodgrass against West Ham would appear to be in breach of Premier League regulations.

Rules state that “no club shall enter into a contract which enables another party to that contract to acquire the ability materially to influence its policies or the performance of its teams in league matches.”

The matter is now being looked into by the Premier League with both clubs set to be asked to provide observations before a decision is made on whether action will be taken.

Allardyce explained the agreement pre-match

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Allardyce explained the agreement pre-match

Snodgrass signed an 18-month deal with West Brom.

Before completing the move, he had been restricted to just four minutes of Premier League football this season.

Allardyce was desperate to bring in new players after losing three of his first four games in charge at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies bounced back with an impressive win over Wolves on Saturday, in which Snodgrass played the full 90 minutes.

But they remain in relegation danger and their survival hopes have taken a hit with Tuesday’s defeat at West Ham.


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