Although Everton had the necessary paperwork registered in time for the 11pm deadline last Friday to sign Belgian International Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, FIFA would not rubber stamp the deal.
The Premier League and Football Association backed Everton, but still international clearance wasn't sanctioned by FIFA.
It now appears that Brugge had not got their paperwork in order and therefore the deal was not rubber stamped.
Everton are still to say what they will do. An appeal through the Court of Arbitration for Sport is one avenue left open, but that seems unlikely.
So roll on January and lets see if we can get the deal done then.
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