Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton says the club have not given up all hope of signing attacking midfielder Arron Davies. The deal to bring him to Huish Park collapsed eight days ago due to FIFA regulations concerning the number of clubs a player can play for during a single season.
Tomorrow's opponents Wycombe Wanderers encountered the same problem with striker Alex Revell earlier this month, but have since managed to circumvent the rules and he will line up in the Wanderers starting eleven tomorrow. Skiverton told BBC Somerset that were still pursuing various options they felt they had of doing the same:
"He's still training with us at the minute and we're trying to work something out. I'll let you know in the next week or week-and-a-half if we can do something. We're still looking into various avenues of still bringing Arron on board. He wants to come to us, and he wants to stay and he wants to play for Yeovil Town. For me, that's all of the hallmarks of us as a club in going that extra mile to bring someone in when they're absolutely desperate to play for you."
One snag the club may face is that FIFA have been alerted to the use of an emergency loan as a means of getting round the problem. There is a question of whether emergency loans are in fact legal under FIFA transfer regulations given that they often take place outside the transfer window, and a spokesman for the World regulatory body has said that they're going to be taking up the issue with the Football Association:
"FIFA are concerned about the system of emergency loans in general and have approached the Football Association on various occasions in the past regarding this. FIFA will be contacting them again in order to obtain clarification with regard to this issue. Generally speaking, and with regard to the application of the pertinent rule, ie. Article 5 Paragraph 3 of the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, the regulation should be applied as stated."
The Football Association have said that they are determined to continue to allow emergency loans to go through, claiming that they are contracted differently to standard loans and permanent transfers:
"Emergency loans donít count when calculating the number of clubs a player has played for as he remains under contract to his parent club."
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