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Shaw’s transfer to Wolfsberger falls through as clubs fail to reach agreement

Kurt Shaw’s move to Wolfsberger AC fell through as no deal was agreed between the Austrian side and Sliema Wanderers.

As reported by The Times of Malta last Saturday, Shaw had emerged as a target of the Austrian Bundesliga side for the January window.

Sliema Wanderers president Jeffrey Farrugia had revealed that the Austrian side have made an enquiry over Malta defender Shaw with a view of taking him on loan until the end of the season.

This week, the clubs held talks over Shaw, but no agreement was reached.

In fact, the Wanderers asked for a substantial transfer package for Shaw but Wolfsberger were not ready to accept their terms.

The Austrian side were not ready to pay ‘any kind of fee for the player this month’, much to the disappointment of the young defender.

Contacted by The Times of Malta, Sliema Wanderers president Jeffrey Farrugia confirmed that the Austrian club had refused to meet Sliema’s demands for the player.

“We are disappointed that the Kurt Shaw transfer failed to materialise,” Farrugia said.

“Our asking price for the player was lower than what other Maltese Premier League clubs had offered for the player. I expected Wolfsberger to come back with a counter-offer if our demands didn’t satisfy them but that didn’t materialize and they just walked off from the deal.”

In fact, Wolfsberger have signed Swedish defender Gustav Henriksson.

However, sources close to the Austrian club told The Times of Malta, that there is still interest from Wolfsberger for Shaw.

“Wolfsberger may have signed Gustav Henriksson instead of Shaw but they are still planning to keep an eye on Shaw,” sources told The Times of Malta.

“Kurt Shaw was not Wolfsberger’s main target in the January transfer window but no doubt he could be an option for the future, so they are planning to continue to monitor his progress.”

Shaw has established himself in the Sliema Wanderers defence this season and has attracted interest from several Maltese sides with Ħamrun Spartans and Valletta among the teams that were linked with the player.

Wolfsberger are one of the top teams in the Austrian Bundesliga and are currently sixth in the championship.

Next month the Austrian side will be involved in a lucrative Europa League tie when they face English Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur in the knock out stages.

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