That's trying to have it both ways!
We either signed him at the start of the transfer window, or he was free (and probably sensible) to look and accept other offers.
'We don't really want you, but we might' isn't a transfer strategy.
You thought a mistake had been (potentially?) made, but you waited until my innocence had been confirmed rather than fessing up immediately.
When you're up before the beak, don't go asking me for a character reference.🙂