Newcastle United have been frustrated in their attempts to swiftly conclude a deal for Chancel Mbemba.
Anderlecht defender Mbemba this week arrived on Tyneside to undergo a medical ahead of a £7million move to St James’s Park.
But the deal won’t be signed off until the end of next week at the earliest because of the paperwork needed for the 20-year-old to obtain a visa.
United today issued a statement on Mbemba.
It read: “ Following an agreement between Newcastle United and Anderlecht for the transfer of Chancel Mbemba, the player has been in Newcastle and has agreed personal terms with the club and undergone his medical.
“The documentation in relation to the club’s application for a Governing Body Endorsement, required in order for Mbemba to obtain a visa, was submitted to the FA on Wednesday morning (22nd July).
“Unfortunately, the FA are unable to consider the club’s application until Thursday of next week (30th July). The FA advised the club they were not able to convene a panel any sooner.
“The club will provide an update for supporters at the earliest opportunity following the conclusion of the panel hearing.”