Young West Ham United midfielder Domingos Quina was set to move to Scunthorpe United on transfer deadline day until the Hammers blocked the move, according to the Daily Mail.
The League One outfit thought they had secured a loan for the Portuguese starlet but the switch was stopped just minutes before completion, the report claims.
Quina himself was keen to get the deal done in order to play more regular senior football before the end of the season, but Scunthorpe refused to pay a sizeable loan fee and the Irons’ recruitment team decided to end negotiations.
The 18-year-old has made just four first-team appearances this season, all coming in cup competitions.
He started his first game for the club away at Arsenal in a League Cup quarter-final back in December and most recently featured in the FA Cup third-round clash with Shrewsbury Town as a late substitute.
Long touted as an excellent prospect for the future, Quina joined West Ham in the summer of 2016 and made his debut in a Europa League qualifier in July of that year.
A leading light of Portugal’s youth setup, he was a member of the team that won the Under-17 European Championships in 2016 and to date has two caps for the under-20 side.
Whilst loan fees are increasingly commonplace in modern football, there is a sense that the decision to block Quina’s move to Scunthorpe on financial grounds may prove short-sighted.
The teenager has still not made his Premier League bow for the Hammers and looks unlikely to trouble manager David Moyes’ thoughts before the end of the campaign.
Allowing him to move to a lower league team, particularly one looking to achieve promotion this season, to gain valuable playing time would seem the smart choice for his long-term development.
Injuries meant that Quina made the bench against Crystal Palace on Tuesday night and he will hope to be involved in the matchday squad again for the trip to Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.