Duncan McGuire’s transfer to Blackburn Rovers from Orlando City is once again on the verge of collapsing due to Blackburn’s error in registering the player, sources briefed on the situation tell The Athletic. Blackburn is appealing the decision.
It’s a stunning turn of events in a deadline-day saga that won’t end.
McGuire was on a flight to England on Wednesday morning with a deal agreed to Blackburn, only for Blackburn to call Orlando and McGuire’s agent to say they had to pull out of the deal.
McGuire still flew to England and went to a hotel in Sheffield as clubs attempted a deadline day deal to sign him. Blackburn got back into the mix on a different deal, with Orlando agreeing to new terms.
Orlando City feels awful for the player if no appeal reverses the decision. Orlando never wanted to lose McGuire in the first place, but accepted his desire to push for a move and twice agreed to terms with Blackburn, despite the club abruptly pulling out of an agreed deal on Wednesday.
As things stand, McGuire cannot be registered to appear in matches for Blackburn until the next registration window, which is the summer, after the Championship season ends. McGuire was set for a loan until the summer with Blackburn holding a purchase option.
What happens now is still being decided. He can return to Orlando, where he’d be welcome back with open arms, and see what happens in the summer.
McGuire was at Ewood Park on Saturday watching from the stands with his agent as Blackburn fell 2-1 to QPR. The club’s other deadline-day signings, including Billy Koumetio and John Fleck, were eligible to play.
“I am not allowed to speak about that case,” manager Jon Dahl Tomasson told media when asked about the McGuire situation following the loss.” I think you should ask (CEO) Steve (Waggott), (operations and management consultant) Suhail (Shaikh) and the ownership about the Duncan McGuire case.”
It was Blackburn’s eighth match in a row without a win. Blackburn’s last league win was on December 12, when they beat Bristol City at home 2-1.
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