Leicester City to appeal against FIFA ruling over Adrien Silva, Sky sources understand
Last Updated: 14/09/17 2:59pm
Leicester City are preparing to launch an appeal against FIFA's decision to deny the registration of Adrien Silva, Sky sources understand.
Leicester thought they had beaten the August 31 deadline to sign Silva as a replacement for Danny Drinkwater, whose move to Chelsea was also confirmed after the 11pm cut-off on Deadline Day.
But it emerged the documentation confirming the deal between Leicester and Sporting for the £22m move arrived with the Football Association 14 seconds after their midnight deadline had passed.
The FA immediately forwarded the deal to FIFA's Transfer Matching System, which was rejected by the world governing body because the deadline had passed., but it is understood Leicester will appeal against the ruling.
"Unfortunately it's still an ongoing process," manager Craig Shakespeare said. "I'd love to be in a position to say he's available for selection but we're still just waiting for the legal processes to take care.
"So there's no further news. I don't have any hold on that, I have to wait and make sure that the people who are going through the processes do that.
"Hopefully I will know in the next 24 or 48 hours."
Shakespeare also confirmed there has been some progress in the contract talks with Demarai Gray, whose current deal is due to expire at the end of the season.
"It's been ongoing with his representatives for a while but I understand it is getting closer," he said.
"The sooner that's put to bed the better. He's been training and involved in the squad as such.
"He's an integral part of what we're about and hopefully we'll get that done."