Edgar loan move looks set to collapse

David Edgar
David Edgar

DAVID Edgar’s loan move to Swansea is in limbo, with FIFA unwilling to grant him international clearance.

And the Clarets defender looks set to return to Turf Moor, almost three weeks after agreeing a return to the Liberty Stadium, where he ended last season on loan.

FIFA claim there is a discrepancy in the paperwork between the two clubs, and they will not process the deal.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins insists that the problem stems from a decimal point being out of place, but I understand it is not just Burnley’s paperwork that is in situ, and the club have been advised by the FA not to comment yet on the matter.

Jenkins said: “We were told there was one decimal point out of place on Burnley’s paperwork, a meaningless decimal point, and it has been extremely frustrating ever since trying to get Fifa to approve the loan deal.

“It’s a disappointing situation for the player and the two clubs. Everyone, apart from FIFA, is happy that the loan transfer was satisfactorily completed before the deadline.

“It used to be a fairly simple process between the two associations until FIFA came up with a new online system. It seems to have caused a lot of problems for clubs.

“We feel it’s an injustice that when we sign a player from a British club that plays in the same domestic league as us, then only ourselves and Cardiff City have to go through the process of getting international clearance.

“David Edgar is now in his third week with us and he is still unable to participate in the squad. As a club we feel we can’t prolong this much longer and perhaps David may have to go back to Burnley.”