Peterborough chairman angry at 'ridiculous' eye test which scuppered George Boyd's move to Nottingham Forest

George Boyd's transfer to Nottingham Forest collapsed after he failed an eye test. Photo: PA

Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony has blasted Nottingham Forest after George Boyd's transfer to the npower Championship club fell through at the 11th hour due to an inconclusive eye test.

MacAnthony branded Boyd's failed move "ridiculous" after the club issued a statement confirming the deal was off.

Winger Boyd, 27, will now remain at Peterborough, where his contract is due to expire at the end of this season.

MacAnthony told Sky Sports News: "George agreed terms with Forest, he went there for a medical at 10.30 this morning and he's been there all day.

"I got a phone call off him in bits. He said that he passed the medical then they made him do an eye test.

"He's played 300 games and scored from the halfway line the other month but Forest say he has an eyesight problem.

"The whole thing stinks. Alex McLeish wanted to sign him. I'm devastated for George. It's the most ridiculous thing that's happened to me. He will be back at Peterborough."

Posh, who are at the foot of the league table, will now hope to put the frustrating transfer failure behind them as they prepare to face Burnley tomorrow.

Elsewhere, Leeds host Cardiff at Elland Road in their first game without striker Luciano Becchio, who moved to Norwich yesterday.

The Whites could hand a start to new signings Stephen Warnock and Mouhamadou Habib Habibou although striker Steve Morison, who arrived from the Canaries in exchange for Becchio, is injured.

In the other games, Birmingham play Forest, Blackburn take on Bristol City, Blackpool face Barnsley and Crystal Palace meet Charlton.

Derby host Huddersfield and Ipswich play Middlesbrough while Hull will look to close the gap on second-place Leicester away at Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday host Brighton and Watford play Bolton.