Van der Wiel's Bayern move breaks down

The young Dutchman, who had an impressive World Cup with the Netherlands, was understood to be on the verge of a €20 million transfer to the Bundesliga giants when the deal fell through as the two teams failed to agree terms by noon on Wednesday.

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Gary Parkinson is a freelance writer, editor, trainer, muso, singer, actor and coach. He spent 14 years at FourFourTwo as the Global Digital Editor and continues to regularly contribute to the magazine and website, including major features on Euro 96, Subbuteo, Robert Maxwell and the inside story of Liverpool's 1990 title win. He is also a Bolton Wanderers fan.