World football governing body, FIFA, has rejected application by Leicester City for the registration of Adrien Silva, after the club missed the deadline by 14 seconds.
The Foxes signed the Portuguese international for £22million from Sporting Lisbon, but were unable to complete the deal on time before the transfer window closed on August 31.
Leicester failed to register the 28-year-old in time with FIFA, which means he’s ineligible to represent them until January when the window reopens.
However, the English side are trying to appeal FIFA’a decision.
“We are working with Adrien and Sporting Clube de Portugal to overcome some issues relating to the player’s registration and exploring all options to find a resolution,” a spokesman for Leicester said
Despite being ineligible to play for them, Leicester will pay Silva’s wages until January when they can register him again.
Sporting’s president also confirmed that the deal was completed, and hopes a solution is found by the English club.
“The transfer of Adrien is already completed. Hopefully Leicester find a solution for him,” Bruno de Carvalho, Sporting President, added.
Silva has been 20 times by Portugal and was part of the team that won the European championship in 2016.
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