National Premier League Victoria club Hume City, who will host A-League champions Melbourne Victory in a cup semi-final on October 28, are deep in negotiations to sign one of Ronaldinho, Arda Turan, David Trezeguet or Giorgios Karagounis as a guest player.
However, standing in the way of Hume City signing one of the four drawcards hinges on the Australia residency application of goalkeeper Chris Oldfield, who is scheduled to receive his paperwork just weeks after the FFA Cup semi-final.
An FFA spokesman confirmed the governing body would not break competition rules to allow Hume City adding a third visa-player to their squad even if it was to sign a notable guest player that would potentially attract a sell-out crowd AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Oldfield's citizenship application is understood to have been approved but the club requested to fast-track the delivery of documents to register the shot-stopper as an Australian player before the match, paving the way for one of the most unlikely signings in Australian football to occur. Hume also have British player Nick Haggarty on their books.
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