The Premier League are investigating Robert Snodgrass’ transfer from West Ham to West Brom after an admission from Baggies’ boss Sam Allardyce on Tuesday night.
Allardyce’s side were beaten 2-1 by the Hammers at London Stadium, but Snodgrass did not feature.
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 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.”
It’s understood Snodgrass would have been available on a free at the end of the season, though Allardyce did not want to use one of his loans on the player to bring him in now.
As a result, they agreed an early free deal on the condition that he did not feature against West Ham.
The Premier League are now investigating whether or not this breached regulations.
It’s thought the situation may breach Premier League regulation 17, which states: “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.”
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.