Sunderland’s move for Leroy Fer has collapsed after the Dutch international failed his medical.
Fer arrived on Wearside yesterday to discuss personal terms and undergo a physical examination with the Black Cats after Sunderland’s season-long loan bid was accepted by relegated QPR last week.
The 25-year-old was expected to be unveiled by Sunderland today, but the Echo understands from sources in the capital that he has failed his medical and has now returned to QPR.
Fer is the second player to fail his medical at Sunderland this summer after centre-half Nicolas Lombaerts’ £7million switch fell through last month.
It is also the second time that Fer has seen a transfer fall through due to a failed medical after his £8.5m move to Everton collapsed in the summer of 2013 due to a knee problem, prior to the ex-Feyenoord man joining Norwich.
Fer’s agent, Rob Jansen, told the Dutch press: “Leroy currently has an injury which means he is not immediately available.
“He is now trying to get fit at Queens Park Rangers.”
However, Sunderland’s pursuit of midfielder Yann M’Vila remains on track, with the French international expected to agree a loan deal before this weekend’s Premier League opener.