Leicester City missed Adrien Silva deadline by 14 seconds

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If FIFA refuse the registration, Silva's transfer will collapse - he will remain a Sporting Lisbon player, and Leicester will pay no money for him.

The Foxes had agreed the fee with Lisbon for £22m but finalised parts of the deal near the close of the transfer window last week.

Leicester City remain committed to trying to find a way to complete the £22m transfer of Adrien Silva from Sporting Lisbon, after it emerged that the Premier League club missed the deadline to register the Portugal worldwide by 14 seconds.

Leicester City have been dealt a significant setback in their quest to replace new Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater amid fears that they will now have to wait until 2018 to see final summer signing Adrien Silva in action.

But, in a weird development, it has emerged that the documentation confirming the deal between Leicester and Sporting for the £22m move arrived on FIFA's computerised system 14 seconds after the deadline had passed. He's not registered to play, but he's still contracted to the club.

Leicester have submitted an appeal against the decision and the player says he will take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Leicester resume Premier League action following the worldwide break with a home game against Chelsea on Saturday, which could see an immediate return to the King Power Stadium for midfielder Drinkwater.

Sporting President Bruno de Carvalho said: "The transfer of Adrien is already completed".

A Fifa spokesperson said: "We can confirm that Fifa has been contacted by the Football Association in connection with the registration of the player Adrien Silva and the club FC Leicester City. Hopefully, Leicester can find a solution for him".

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