STOKE CITY have been unsuccessful in their bid to secure a work permit for US international Juan Agudelo.
Chief Executive Tony Scholes and manager Mark Hughes presented City's case to an appeals panel hearing in London today.
The panel, however, rejected the Club's case and as the Potters have no right to appeal the decision, the 20-year-old striker's hopes of securing a move to the Britannia Stadium in January have been effectively ended.
Scholes said: "We're bitterly disappointed that the panel rejected our appeal for a work permit for Juan.
"The criteria by which the panel should make work permit application decisions are well established and have been in place for some years and, despite recent comments to the media and discussion in the media, that criteria has not changed.
"We are therefore left amazed that our application for a work permit for Juan has been rejected when you compare his talent and ability to players who have been granted a work permit on appeal in the past.
"Unfortunately, under the rules of the appeal panel system we were given no explanation why the application was rejected and so can only speculate as to the reasons why we have been unsuccessful."