Tottenham are waiting to hear if Serge Aurier will be granted a work permit so that he can join the club from Paris-Saint Germain, according to multiple reports.
The Telegraph claims Spurs “completed the outline of a deal for Aurier last Monday,” but they must wait for the Home Office’s decision on whether the Ivorian can sign for the club.
Last year, Aurier was handed a two-month ‘convertible’ prison sentence for assaulting a French police officer. He is unlikely to serve that sentence, but it could stop him being granted a move to a club in another country.
Jack Pitt-Brooke, the journalist who wrote the story for the Telegraph, has been told Aurier will only be granted a work permit on an “exceptional basis.”
Expect a Home Office decision on Aurier’s visa today. Told that if they say yes, would be on an “exceptional basis”. https://t.co/tSscC4xfvG
— Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) August 29, 2017
Sky Sports journalist Lyall Thomas has backed up those claims.
Under normal circumstances, conviction of that nature would be automatic refusal. Spurs hoping for exceptional circumstances #thfc
— Lyall Thomas (@SkySportsLyall) August 29, 2017
Aurier, 24, will cost Tottenham £23m if he does join the club. The right-back has also attracted interest from Manchester United, but Spurs are believed to be in pole position to sign him.