Rhodes, Sheffield Wednesday: Rhodes reopen after potential transfer hitch

Sheffield Wednesday: Rhodes reopen after potential transfer hitch

After playing the long game, waiting for rivals Aston Villa to drop out of the running, Sheffield Wednesday crept in with a late bid to take Jordan Rhodes from Middlesbrough to Hillsborough.

However, late last night some thought that the lateness of the bid may have hit the buffers, with late submission being the problem for the growing worry that whilst the ‘transfer’ had gone through, the ‘registration hadn’t.

The first inkling of any possible problems facing the Rhodes deal came via a Tweet from Sun journalist Alan Nixon.

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This doubt was then picked up by the Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer Richard Sutcliffe, who said that the fault for the ‘delay’ was the ever-changing nature of the deal and the last minute rush-in to the 11p.m. deadline.

As it stood then, Jordan Rhodes was a Sheffield Wednesday man, a £10 million man too. However, the big question at the time was whether they could play him until next season is another. All that was to be a matter decided one way or another by official ratification over the timing/submission of paperwork. The official ratification as to whether he could play or not he could feature for the Owls this season was to be heard today, according to BBC Sport.

BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Rob Staton (below) said that the understanding was that the Sheffield Wednesday end of the deal was sorted in sufficient time but that the same could not be said for the other end of the deal, the one at Teesside club Middlesbrough.

Premier League clubs operate under a slightly separate, and different, apparatus that allows for the submittal of what is called a ‘Deal Sheet’ which summarises the main parts of the deal and contains the main signatures of the concerned parties. This can be submitted between 9pm and the 11pm deadline on the final transfer deadline day. After that, Premier League clubs have a two-hour window to complete and submit the necessary paperwork.

No such system exists in the Football League, with regard to transfers being completed after the 11p.m. deadline, with the understanding that both teams submit their papers by this time.

As it was, the decision and ratification found that there was no bar to Rhodes being able to turn out for Wednesday this season. An official EFL statement, quoted in full by the Sheffield Star said: “The EFL is now satisfied that the relevant documents in relation to the transfer of Jordan Rhodes from Middlesbrough to Sheffield Wednesday were sent prior to the expiry of last night’s deadline, thereby allowing the EFL to accept the registration and the transfer of the player.”

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