Ħamrun Spartans may pull out of a deal to sign French winger Jeremy Menez, the Times of Malta can reveal.
Earlier this month, the France international was reportedly linked with a move to Ħamrun Spartans that would see him join the Malta champions on loan until the end of the season with midfielder Matthew Guillaumier heading to the Serie B club on the same terms.
The news inevitably attracted a lot of media attention not only in Malta but also abroad given the high profile Menez boasts following his experiences at some major clubs in Italy such as Milan and Roma among others.
When the news broke out in the Italian media, the Times of Malta had spoken to the Spartans CEO Marcel Bonnici who had said that the club had not received any concrete offers from the Serie B club and the deal was being pushed by a football intermediary who works for Reggina.
Since then, the Spartans have been analysing the terms being offered by Reggina on the deal and discovered that for Menez to move to the Spartans, they had to settle a number of tax payments.
It is understood that the Spartans are not comfortable in proceeding with the transfer due to the increasing costs of the deal and are set to pull out of the deal.
Although Menez’s transfer to Ħamrun Spartans could well collapse it does not end Matthew Guillaumier’s hopes of moving to the Serie B club.
In fact, sources have told The Times of Malta that the Spartans are still ready to let the Malta international midfielder move to Serie B as they don’t want to scupper his hopes of sealing a move to an overseas club.
Should Guillaumier’s transfer go through the Spartans are set to delve into the market to try and bring in a quality replacement for the former Birkirkara midfielder.