Maikel Kieftenbeld returns to Blues

Kieftenbeld battles Scott Parker for possession

Maikel Kieftenbeld has returned to St Andrews after his composed move to Derby County was refused from the EFL.

As it was a late transfer in the window, the EFL have not granted permanent registration of the player.

Derby appealed the decision earlier this week and the EFL have today granted their decision to not let the transfer go through.

On Derby’s official website they stated:

Following clarification from the EFL, their view is that the full criteria was not met for the transfer to be accepted.
Given the circumstances, we reluctantly accept the EFL’s adjudication.


A Derby County spokesman said: “This scenario highlights the challenges of the transfer window. All clubs would prefer to complete dealings earlier, but as clubs try to fine tune their squads this inevitably creates last-minute scenarios. We would like to place on record our thanks for the help and assistance of Birmingham City Football Club throughout this process.”

This will come as good news to Birmingham fans as that was one departure they were disgruntled to see go.

Looks like Rowett will have to wait until the next window to get his man…

What are your thoughts, will Maikel get a look in in the team after this?


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