Morocco will attempt to persuade authorities to allow Alaves striker Munir El-Haddadi to switch allegiances from Spain, say reports.

The 21-year-old’s father was Moroccan while his mum hails from the Spanish autonomous city of Melilla on Africa’s north coast, but has made one competitive appearance for Spain’s national side.

Morocco – who have qualified for next summer’s World Cup after a two-decade absence – have taken their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Now on loan at Alaves from Barcelona, Munir played only 13 minutes for the Spanish national team in 2014 against Macedonia and due to the rules of FIFA isn't allowed to play for a different national squad.

Spain’s RFEF are reportedly not complying with the request but the player is said to have already signed the relevant forms for the switch.

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