Kike ‘missed deadline by a minute’

Kike won’t be able to debut for Eibar until next season after it was confirmed his transfer was completed a minute past Monday’s deadline.

Eibar have signed the striker from Middlesbrough but AS reports the formalities were completed 60 seconds after the winter window shut.

As a result Los Armeros will be without the former Murcia player for the rest of the season, sporting director Fran Garagaza having confirmed the 26-year-old is the most expensive signing the club has ever made.

The deal was dead for most of Monday until the English club told Eibar they’d be willing to sell if Eibar raised their offer, which they duly did, but there wasn’t enough time remaining in the window to sort the paperwork.

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