The Black Cats agreed a deal for the Portuguese shot-stopper during the dying embers of the summer window but Boavista’s failure to provide the necessary paperwork before Wednesday’s 11pm deadline saw the move collapse.
However, the Stadium of Light outfit now face an injury crisis between the sticks, with No.1 Vito Mannone out for three months with a shoulder injury, while understudy Jordan Pickford has withdrawn from England’s U21 squad with a thigh complaint.
The latter could still recover for Sunderland’s next Premier League clash against Everton but nonetheless, Sunderland are now appealing to FIFA for special dispensation to sign the Boavista star outside of the transfer window.
Should they fail, the North East outfit will request an emergency loan from the Football Association. Although it has been outlawed for outfield players, clubs can still sign goalkeepers on an emergency basis.
However, Pickford isn’t the only Sunderland player to be ruled out this week. Yesterday, Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie revealed forward Fabio Borini will be out for the next three months.
Fabio Borini ruled out for 3 months with groin injury. Thought best not to mention that last night what with Naismith move collapsing ????
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) September 1, 2016