According to The Argus, Brighton and Hove Albion are one step closer to completing their swoop for Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal.
The Israel international, 26, has been a bit-part figure under Ronny Deila at Celtic, and a January exit always seemed inevitable, with Deila preferring to use the likes of Scott Brown, Nir Bitton or Stefan Johansen in midfield.
Last Friday, Kayal agreed a deal to join Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion, with the Seagulls confirming the move on their official site.
However, the deal was subject to a work permit being granted, and Brighton had to attend a hearing with the FA today to find out whether they would be granted one.
The deal was hanging in the balance, but the FA have today granted Kayal a work permit to play in England, according to Brighton-based newspaper The Argus.
Chris Hughton's side are now just two steps away from sealing the transfer, with just a visa and Football League registration standing in their way.
It was unlikely that Kayal would be prevented from making the move, but now the possibility of the deal collapsing just got smaller, meaning Deila may begin to look for a replacement in midfield.