The Premier League have blocked Burnley's attempt to bring Victor Moses to Turf Moor before the end of the season, citing sporting integrity as their rationale for the decision.
Due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, both FIFA and UEFA have granted special dispensation for players that play for clubs in either Russia or Ukraine to be considered free agents until at least June, meaning that they are free to join a new club out of the conflict zone.
As a result, Burnley were exploring a potential move for Moses, who was last contracted to Spartak Moscow in the Russian capital, a club that he joined from Chelsea in the summer of 2021. Just 10 days before the invasion began, he extended his contract at the club until 2024, something that of course no longer applies in the eyes of the footballing federations.
However, it is the Premier League that have blocked a move for Moses being completed by Sean Dyche's outfit, claiming that it would hand the Clarets an unfair advantage in their battle against relegation.
For now, it seems, the Nigerian is staying put.
Burnley to defy the odds?
Currently, the table does not make pretty reading for Burnley and their supporters.
The Lancashire side have won just one of their last 5 Premier League games and sit 19th, four points away from Everton and safety in the top flight. However, they have played fewer games than several of the sides around them, with three games in hand on Leeds United and Brentford.
However, they would need to win all of those to escape the relegation zone, with Everton having played the same number of games as the Turf Moor side. It seems unlikely, but Burnley have defied the odds before.