The much-heralded transfer of Ghanaian striker Raphael Dwamena to Premier League new comers Brighton & Hove Albion is off.
The Seagulls pulled out of the deal on Friday due to results of his medical.
A statement by Dwamena’s Swiss club FC Zurich expressed surprise at the supposed condition for which Brighton has withdrawn its offer.
“The transfer from Raphael Dwamena to Brighton & Hove Albion has not been completed. Due to the medical check, the English club has withdrawn its offer.
“We are very surprised at this decision. Naturally, we also had a medical examination carried out by the Schulthess Clinic before the transfer of Raphael to FC Zurich.
“There the same deviation from the standard was determined. However, this fact has been judged as being neither harmful to health nor compromising the performance of a top sportsman. The fact that deviations occur in such medical tests in the area of top sport is not uncommon. However, they are analyzed individually and checked for their medical consequences. Whether a change in the medical situation has actually occurred in the last eight months is now being examined.”
The FC Zurich statement adds: “Despite this unforeseen development, we are looking forward to the return of Raphael Dwamena and are convinced that he will again be fully committed to FC Zürich.”
Earlier this week, Brighton announced sealing an agreement with the Swiss league leaders for the permanent signing of Dwamena.
The deal, worth around £10m, was subject to a mandatory medical, work permit and international clearance.