Amid the chaos of transfer deadline day in Europe yesterday, one of the potential moves you may have missed involved Jairo Riedewald.
The Dutchman is out of favour at Crystal Palace, having not featured for the Eagles since last season and Paderborn were keen to secure him on loan.
It was reported they viewed the defender as someone who would ‘optimise’ the squad, mainly because he can play in central defence and defensive midfield.
However, a move never happened, with Riedewald ultimately staying at Crystal Palace and Paderborn not signing an alternative.
It seems the Bundesliga side were working hard to get a deal done for Riedewald with their sporting director confirming they had contact with the player’s advisor about a move.
“We talked to his advisor, but we were not close to reaching an agreement,“ Neue Westfälische.
“We tried to get some players, but in the end, it also has to fit with the finances.”
“The last-minute newcomer would probably have been one of the better-earners at the Pader.”
Those comments hint heavily Riedewald’s wages were what caused the potential move to collapse.
Paderborn are not one of Germany’s biggest clubs, in fact, they were only promoted to the Bundesliga this season, so matching his demands would have always been a difficult task anyway.