Wolves’ proposed move for Diego Costa is reportedly now hanging in the balance because of work permit issues.
But Costa is still set to fly to England tonight, with a medical now set for tomorrow at Compton Park.
Wolves are appealing against the rejection.
It is thought Wolves have offered Costa a one-year deal, after Sasa Kalajdzic sustained an ACL injury on his debut against Southampton.
Costa, a Spain international, has been a free agent since leaving Atletico Mineiro by mutual consent in January.
The development casts major doubt on the potential for Costa to be signed in time to feature against Liverpool on Saturday.
Wanderers face the Reds at Anfield, with Bruno Lage’s side looking to cause an upset and record back-to-back wins in the Premier League.
Raul Jimenez is touch-and-go to feature after pulling out of the matchday squad against Southampton.
It is therefore very possible that Goncalo Guedes will have to lead the line on Merseyside.
Frustrating update in Wolves’ pursuit of Diego Costa as work permit issues threaten to scupper move
So it looks as though Wolves could end up struggling to sign Costa.
It’s a frustrating one, because Costa has previously played in England with Chelsea for three years.
Hopefully the club’s appeal will be successful, but then of course Costa needs to pass his medical, something which is not guaranteed.
It seems there is a lot of work to be done, and so the chances of Costa playing against Liverpool this weekend appear slim for now.
Wanderers failing to sign the 33-year-old would certainly be a blow, given his pedigree and previous experience of the Premier League.