Heerenveen president Jelko van der Wiel has insisted the club did not block Alfred Finnbogason’s move to Fulham on transfer deadline day in January.

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finnbogaFulham made a bid for the Icelandic hitman late on the 31st of January, but Heerenveen reportedly upped their price from €10 million to €12 million at the last minute. This was met by an angry reaction from Finnbogason, who blamed the club for blocking his dream move to the Premier League.

However Heerenveen president Jelko van der Wiel believes Fulham are to blame for the breakdown of the transfer.

Van der Wiel told Omroep Friesland, “Fulham knew for weeks that they needed strengthening, and then they came to speak to us only at five minutes to twelve for the man that they want – Finnbogason.

“They did not want to meet our price. Then they bought the Greek (Kostas Mitroglou) for 15million euros. If they wanted Finnbogason they would have paid our price. We did not play for high stakes.”

Finnbogason became the all time leading scorer in the Eredivisie for Heerenveen last weekend, and is almost certain to leave the club in the summer with clubs from Italy, and England linked.

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