Everton frustrated as Brugge error sees Odjidja-Ofoe move collapse
Saturday 08 September 2012
Everton are considering their next step after FIFA refused to sanction the Premier League side’s loan move for Belgium midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, claiming the deal was done after the transfer deadline had passed. The Liverpool Echo reports, however, that the fault lies with Odjidja-Ofoe’s current club rather than the Toffees.
The newspaper claims that Club Brugge were late filing their side of the paperwork with FIFA, causing the governing body to cancel the proposed season-long loan. The Echo claims Everton have been punished for the mistakes of Brugge and are mulling over their options, with an appeal a possibility.
Odjidja-Ofoe’s loan transfer was ratified by both the Premier League and the Football Association, who vouched for Everton that the paperwork had been filed before the 11pm deadline on August 31. Despite that, however, FIFA would not give the go-ahead.
If Everton choose not to appeal - or do appeal and are unsuccessful - manager David Moyes will consider a fresh move for the player when the winter transfer window opens in January.
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