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Leicester's new €24m signing ineligible until January after they miss deadline by 14 seconds

Adrien Silva faces a long wait to make his Premier League debut.

Adrien Silva helped Portugal win Euro 2016 last summer.
Adrien Silva helped Portugal win Euro 2016 last summer.
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LEICESTER WERE LEFT to rue a narrow failure to get Adrien Silva’s transfer over the line, after Fifa today ruled that the Portugal international would be ineligible to line out for the Premier League side until January.

The BBC report that Silva missed the 31 August deadline for completion of a transfer by a mere 14 seconds, despite officially signing for the Foxes in a £22 million (€24m) deal from Sporting Lisbon.

Leicester signed the 28-year-old as a replacement for Danny Drinkwater, who joined Chelsea on deadline day.

Craig Shakespeare’s side, however, will attempt to appeal the decision in the hope that Silva can play for their side before the New Year, with the Football Association set to assist in their talks with Fifa.

“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 the club said.

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