Birmingham: Onazi Denied Work Permit to Play for Championship Side


Birmingham’s move for Trabzonspor midfielder Ogenyi Onazi is off after the Nigeria international was denied a work permit, according to Sky sources.

Manager Harry Redknapp had hoped to make the 24-year-old his sixth signing of the summer transfer window and revealed last week that a deal was close.

However, Sky Sports News understands the Football Association rejected an application for a work permit for Onazi last week.

Birmingham quickly appealed that decision, but that was also turned down by the Home Office on Wednesday.

Onazi, who joined Trabzonspor from Lazio last summer, has featured 38 times for Nigeria and was part of the side that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

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