TRANMERE’S hopes of signing Brazilian striker Vinni Dantas were left in ruins last night after the 21-year-old was denied a work permit.
The Football Association declined to give governing body endorsement to Tranmere’s request, which meant Rovers could not obtain a work permit and visa for Dantas to play for the club.
Dantas, from Sao Paulo, had agreed to sign a one-year contract with Tranmere – subject to the work permit being granted – after impressing during a trial with the club this summer.
Manager Les Parry said: “We are gutted by this decision. We thought we had a good case and that Vinni would have a bright future with us. Unfortunately that’s not to be.
“I would like to wish Vinni the best of luck with his career. He is a great lad with a lot of talent and potential and I’m sure he will prove himself elsewhere.”
Dantas was recommended to Tranmere by former player and coach Jason McAteer, who came up against the youngster in a five-a-side game. Dantas has been in a Wirral-based coaching course run by the Christian charity Ninety Plus Ministries.