Dick Advocaat - Sunderland couldn’t wait for Leroy Fer to get fit

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Dick Advocaat admits Sunderland couldn’t afford to bide their time in waiting for Leroy Fer to shake off his injury problems.

Fer’s proposed season-long loan switch to the Stadium of Light collapsed earlier this week after he became the second player this summer to fail a medical with Sunderland.

We cannot wait one or two months. If we bring in players, they have to play now

Dick Advocaat

Advocaat had been keen to sign his fellow Dutchman from relegated QPR to address Sunderland’s need for a new attacking midfielder - a problem position which remains at the top of the club’s agenda for the remainder of the transfer window.

But with Fer still suffering from a knee injury aggravated against Sunderland at the end of last season, the Black Cats decided not to take a chance on the 25-year-old.

“Fer is a player who I like,” said Advocaat.

“We don’t have that in the team (an attacking midfielder) but unfortunately it didn’t work out.

“We cannot wait one or two months. If we bring in players, they have to play now.

“We took a little bit of a risk with (Younes) Kaboul because he didn’t do that much before, but now he’s getting into better shape and we can see the fitness he has.”

It was the second time in his career that Fer had failed a medical after a proposed £8.5million switch to Everton fell through two years ago, prior to him joining Norwich City.

But Fer’s agent was quick to publicly stress this week that his injury was not a long-term issue, and QPR boss Chris Ramsey has reiterated that.

“Obviously he’s not ready, but we haven’t got any major concerns about his injury,” said Ramsey.

“He’s been very professional and makes sure he’s in shape to train as hard as he possibly can.

“I’m looking forward to getting him back and in the team – and he’s wants to play.

“I think it’ll be two or three weeks but I don’t want to put a figure on it. I don’t think it’s long term.”

Sunderland will not resurrect their interest in Fer, even if he shakes off his injury before the transfer window closes.

But QPR are still hopeful of offloading him on loan after signing a big-money deal at Loftus Road last summer.