SHEFFIELD United were last night pressing ahead with their bid to sign John Fleck and Kyle Hutton despite being told by the Football League that the transfers were not completed before Wednesday’s deadline.
Officials from Bramall Lane spent yesterday locked in talks with their counterparts at the governing body after initially been informed they would be unable to process the move.
Although United acknowledge that the relevant paperwork was not lodged at FL headquarters before the 11pm cut-off point, they launched an appeal on the basis that technology was to blame for the delay.
Sources close to the South Yorkshire club have confirmed that a dossier of evidence, including time stamped emails and faxes, has been submitted to support their case.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Bury, United manager Danny Wilson explained why he swooped for the Scottish duo.
“They’re two quality players who we admire and, if you’ve represented a club of Rangers magnitude at such a young age, then you’ve definitely got something about you,” he said.
“They’ve both got first-team experience and they’ve been involved in the Champions League, too, which says a lot.
“Rangers want to go with a bit more experience at this point in time but they still want them getting regular football which makes perfect sense because they’re two fine prospects.
“Primarily, John and Kyle are seen as midfielders but they can both operate further forward, too.”
Fleck, the nephew of former Rangers and Norwich star Robert, has made nearly 40 SPL appearances for the Ibrox giants after breaking into the first team picture aged just 15.
Hutton made his senior debut in August last year.
“We’re hopeful it will get done,” added Wilson.
“We kept getting emails bouncing back because, at the other end, the email had gone down.
“But they have the times we sent them on as proof of when we were trying to get them through.
“At the moment, though, they’re not accepting it but hopefully they will.”
Meanwhile, United have announced that Norwegian midfielder Kristoffer Lokberg has joined Ranheim on loan after failing to settle in England.
Steve Lewis, United’s head of commercial, has also left Bramall Lane.