Wolves have launched an appeal to the Football Association after failing to gain a work permit for Diego Costa. Costa is travelling to Wolves’ Compton training base as the Premier League club wait for news of their appeal.
Costa, 33, is a free agent having been without a club since leaving Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro in January.
He has not played a professional game since 12 December and his lack of action in recent months meant he did not automatically qualify for a work permit.
Costa’s work permit has not been rejected, but his application will go to a panel to decide whether it will be granted. The 33-year-old is still expected to arrive in England on Tuesday evening.
Wolves had hoped to sign Costa in time for Saturday’s game at Liverpool after summer-signing Sasa Kalajdzic was ruled out by an ACL injury suffered during their win over Southampton last weekend.
But even before he was offered a contract, there were reports the club was concerned about the prospect of acquiring a work permit, given he has not played any professional matches since December 12 last year.
Costa is a free agent after leaving Atletico Mineiro in January. He played 19 times and scored five goals for them in the 2021 season before his contract was terminated after just five months.