Liverpool's protracted bid to sign West Ham midfielder Javier Mascherano has been drawn out further by the Premier League's decision to look more closely at the details of the transfer.
The Argentina midfielder was yesterday given special dispensation by world governing body FIFA to complete the transfer as he had already played for two clubs competitively this season - the Hammers and Brazilian club Corinthians.
Liverpool submitted the player's registration documents to the Premier League ahead of the midnight transfer deadline but they cannot, as yet, call the player their own.
'The Premier League can confirm that, in accordance with its rules, Javier Mascherano's registration documents were received from Liverpool FC prior to the transfer window closing,' said a statement from the Premier League.
'While Liverpool have met the required deadline the Premier League Board, consistent with its powers in this matter, has decided to take time to satisfy itself with the proposed arrangements before the registration can be effected and the player permitted to play for Liverpool FC.
'The board will consider the terms of the registration as quickly as possible and notify the parties involved of its decision accordingly.'