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Swansea in Vorm transfer fee row

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By Joe Haining

Tuesday 12 August 2014

Swansea City have been reported to Fifa by FC Utrecht in relation to alleged non-payment of part of goalkeeper Michel Vorm’s transfer fee, reports BBC Sport.

Michel Vorm

Vorm left the Liberty Stadium last month to join Tottenham for a fee reported to be around £3.5 million, and Utrecht claim they are entitled to 30% of this fee owing to a sell-on clause agreed when Vorm left them to join the Swans in 2011.

However, Utrecht’s general manager Wilco van Schaik reported that his Swansea counterpart Huw Jenkins informed him that the move had been a free transfer, leading to an angry reaction from van Schaik.

“That's unbelievable and unacceptable,” he said. “Michel is a very reliable goalkeeper in the Premier League. He is 30 years old, in the prime of his life. He still had a two-year contract and has a good reputation.”

But Swansea insisted that everything had been above board with the transfer. “It was approved by the Premier League and also Fifa via their TMS system,” said a club spokesman. “While we have been in contact with Utrecht as a matter of courtesy, we will continue to conduct our business in the best interest of our football club and our supporters and not based on the views of other clubs. The club will not be commenting further on this matter.”

30-year-old Vorm made 155 appearances in all competitions for Utrecht before moving to Swansea for around £1.5 million in August 2011. He proved to be an instant hit in south Wales, winning several Player of the Year awards in his first season.

Vorm went on to make 97 appearances in all competitions for the Swans, before joining Tottenham this summer in a deal which also saw Ben Davies transfer to White Hart Lane, with Gylfi Sigurðsson moving in the opposite direction.

Vorm also has 15 caps for the Netherlands national team, the last of those as a late substitute in the third place play-off victory over Brazil in the recent World Cup.

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