Roy Hodgson still believes that Daniel Cousin will complete his move to Fulham from Rangers.
The Cottagers thought they had got their man after a £3million bid was accepted by the Scottish club but the move has since been held up by Fifa legislation.
Regulations state that a player can not play for more than two clubs in a season and, despite only making a 20-minute appearance for Lens earlier in the campaign, Cousin is in breach of the rules.
Despite that fact though, and the closure of the transfer window, Hodgson remains confident that a compromise will be reached.
"I believe there is a meeting about player status in 10 days' time at the end of the African Nations Cup," he said.
"I'm still rather hopeful that the initial decision could be overturned because it is quite harsh that someone who has played only 20 minutes is regarded as having an extra club in the season.
"It's also quite harsh when a transfer has been agreed and everyone is happy with it. To send him back to a club is not the best of situations, especially Rangers where passions run high.
"I'm still hopeful he can come here this season. I don't think the door is closed. All the time the door is ajar, we've got to hope it can be open fully.
"The decision, of course, is retrospective. It won't mean it's outside the transfer window because our application was within the transfer window."
If the Cousin deal does materialise, he will become Hodgson's fifth signing during the window and the Fulham boss admits that he is happy with the new faces he has been able to secure so far.
"We're happy with the business we have done," he said.
"Whether our player dealings are good dealings remains to be seen, the proof of the pudding is always in the eating and that is on the field for us.
"We wanted to change the profile of the squad to give myself and my staff more opportunities in terms of the teams we want to play."
Leon Andersson, Brede Hangeland, Erik Nevland and Jari Litmanen have all been signed in an attempt to help the club climb out of the relegation zone, but Hodgson is all too aware that it will take more than just extra numbers to help the Cottagers to safety.
"For us there are no easy games. When you are in a relegation fight and adrift in the fight, there are literally no easy games," he said.
"You couldn't give me the name of a team playing in the Football League that I would consider easy at the moment. Certainly you couldn't give me a Premier League team that I would find easy.
"I have to accept that. Each task is difficult. Each team we play will cause us problems in some way. We have to make sure we are prepared for those problems and cause them problems."