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Better late than never: FIFA allows Sunderland deadline transfer to go through

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SAINT-RAPHAEL, FRANCE - JUNE 03: Michael Domingues of Portugal issues instructions during the Toulon U21 tournament match between Italy and Portugal at Stade de l’Esterel on June 3, 2011 in Saint-Raphael, France. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

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FIFA have allowed Sunderland’s seemingly ill-fated transfer of goalkeeper Mika to go through.

The 25-year-old ‘keeper provides desperately needed cover, as Vito Mannone is out for close to three months with an arm injury.

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Swiss-born, Michael Simões Domingues has represented Portugal at the U-20 and U-21 levels, and comes from Boavista in the country’s top flight. He formerly played for Benfica and Atlético Clube de Portugal.

According to the Sunderland site:

The deal has been ratified by FIFA, after Sunderland completed all of the necessary protocols in advance of the transfer window closing. A technical issue meant that Boavista were unable to complete their requirements by the 11pm deadline on August 31, however FIFA are satisfied that both teams fulfilled their commitments and the transfer has now been approved.

Mika could make his Sunderland debut on Monday, when the Black Cats host Everton.

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