FC Dallas defender George John was all set for a transfer move to English club Blackburn, and had done everything but sign a contract with the club only to have Blackburn back out and pass on the standout MLS centerback over the weekend.
According to multiple sources, MLS and Blackburn had agreed to terms on the transfer, which was to be for about $1.75 million with bonuses that could take it to $2.25 million, but Blackburn chose to back away from the deal before finalzing personal terms with John, who had traveled to England on Thursday to finalize the deal.
Blackburn is winless on the young Premier League season and suffered a bitter 1-0 loss to Everton over the weekend. It is believed Blackburn had lined up the George John transfer in preparation for the potential loss of defender Chris Samba to a transfer, and the lack of a Samba move could have ultimately doomed John's transfer. Blackburn had also been eyeing other defenders in the transfer market.
FC Dallas could have John back in time for Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup semifinal vs. Seattle and his return comes just as Dallas is set to lose Ugo Ihemelu to a yellow card suspension and Zach Loyd to U.S. national team duty.
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