Connor Essam: No deal agreed with Leyton Orient, say Dover

Connor Essam and Dwight Gayle
Connor Essam (left) made 38 league appearances for Dover Athletic last season

Dover Athletic say no agreement has been reached with Leyton Orient over the transfer of defender Connor Essam.

The O's announced the signing of the 23-year-old centre-back on Monday for an undisclosed fee.

However, Dover chairman Jim Parmenter says the National League club have not agreed compensation with Orient or approved for a Football Association tribunal to decide on a fee.

League Two side Orient have declined to comment on the transfer.

Dover are entitled to compensation for Essam as he is under the age of 24 and he was offered a new contract at Crabble.

But the former Gillingham and Crawley man has spent most of pre-season with Leyton Orient and has signed a one-year deal with the east London side.

Under FA rules, the transfer would only be finalised once the clubs agree a compensation fee or agree to go to a FA tribunal, whose decision is final.

Parmenter is unhappy with how Orient have dealt with Essam's move.

"We had brief communication from Orient two weeks ago about compensation, but we were not satisfied and did not accept the offer they made," he told BBC Radio Kent. "We have heard no more.

"It is a matter of them agreeing a suitable amount with us or agreeing we will go to tribunal. Neither of those things have happened yet so they are a little bit forward in announcing they have signed him.

"They are a professional club and know the rules. I think they are treating Dover with a little bit of disrespect."

BBC Sport understands Leyton Orient expect the transfer to go to a tribunal, while Parmenter added Dover have no intention of blocking Essam's move.

"We haven't asked for anything which is unreasonable - it is just we haven't come to an agreement," he said.

"It seems unsatisfactory that Orient haven't bothered to talk to us again."

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