Amiens of France president, Bernard Joannin has admitted laxity on his part in the botched effort to hook a January transfer for Olanrewaju Kayode from Girona of Spain.
Just as dust is settling on Kayode’s failed move to leave Girona, where he is on loan from Manchester City of England, Joannin said it was mostly because the transfer papers got to FIFA 60 second behind deadline.
Joannin had initially blamed a ‘computing problem’ for the debacle and despite making an appeal to the authorities the move was rejected.
Amiens were desperate to add a striker in January and decided to make a move for Kayode, who had been enduring a goalless loan-spell at Girona.
However, while also pointing out that several money issues among the three clubs slowed matters down, Joannin has taken responsibility for leaving the deal till so late in the window.
“A 11pm, we’d finally reached a financial agreement with Manchester City, but the papers weren’t filled out the same way by Girona.
“Everything was recorded at 11.59pm, but FIFA received it at 12.01am. [Negotiations] are very complicated, except when your chequebook is out and you pay without talking.
“This was another discovery. We really learnt a lot, even if I ended the transfer window disappointed,” the Amiens’ boss submitted.