Luciano Figueroa will remain a Birmingham City player for the time being at least, after Fifas initial investigation into the Argentines transfer to St Andrews concluded Blues have done nothing untoward.
Birmingham signed the 22-year-old earlier this month for £2.5 million from Argentinian side Rosario Central, but Spanish club Osasuna claim to have previously completed an agreement with a legal representative of Figueroas sanctioning a move to them.
The Primera Liga side subsequently lodged a complaint with Fifa, the games governing body, who said last night they are happy for Figueroa (pictured) to remain at St Andrews, while they continue to examine the deal.
Fifas initial decision is a minor victory for Birmingham and managing director Karren Brady, who has sent two letters to the Spanish club outlining Blues stance.
It is also good news for manager Steve Bruce. Though he intends to ease Figueroa slowly into English football, he also needs him as cover for striker Christophe Dugarry, who will be sidelined until September 14 at the earliest following knee surgery.
A statement from Blues said: The transfer of Figueroa to Birmingham City was completed on August 4, 2003, with the authority of both the Argentinian and English Football Associations.
Throughout the entire transfer Birmingham City acted professionally and properly, ensuring that every requirement was met.
Sometime after the transfer was concluded and Luciano Figueroa was a Birmingham City player, Osasuna claimed to already have a contract with Figueroa and subsequently asked Fifa to investigate their claim.
Birmingham City had no knowledge that they had a claim to make. Osasuna claim to have a contract signed by the player, but having spoken to the player he has confirmed to us that he did not sign anything with Osasuna.
The paperwork was actually signed by the players lawyer. Furthermore, Osasuna have no agreement with Rosario Central and therefore the paperwork that they have holds no weight.
Consequently, Figueroa, who top-scored in the Argentine league with 17 goals in 19 league games last season, should be available for tonights home reserve game against Middlesbrough at Solihull Boroughs Damson Park ground.
But, after being left out of Blues squad for their opening-day victory over Tottenham, Figueroa is not expected to figure in the first-team party for Birminghams next game in the Premiership, against Southampton on Saturday.
Blues co-owner David Sullivan said: Hes as keen as mustard to do well in England, but you have to remember hes just come off a plane from halfway around the world to a different country and a style of football he is not used to.
However, while Birmingham appear outwardly keen to retain Figueroas services, rumours circulated last night that they have already tried to off-load the striker to Wolverhampton Wanderers, who also tried to buy him this summer.
Brady has certainly written to Osasuna demanding they put up or shut up, but her invitation for Osasuna to match the £2.5 million Blues paid for Figueroa is thought to be an effort to prove the Spanish club are not serious about buying the young striker.