ABERDEEN are confident the loan deal for Manchester City midfielder Chidi Nwakali will be finalised in time for him to face St Mirren in the Scottish Cup.
The Dons have agreed a loan deal with Premiership leaders Manchester City to take Nigerian World Cup 2018 hopeful Nwakali on loan until the end of the season.
Nwakali is out in Dubai with the Dons at their warm weather training camp.
However the Reds still have to push through a work permit for the Nigerian midfielder who was on loan at Sogndal in Norway until two months ago.
Any player who is over 16 and not from the European Economic Area requires a work permit to play for a British club unless he has featured in at least 75% of his countries competitive international games over the last two years.
A World Cup winner at U17 level Nwakali was called into the Nigerian squad for recent friendlies against Argentina and Algeria but has yet to be capped at senior level.
A three man appeals panel will now weigh up whether Nwakali would contribute significantly to the development of the game at the top level in Scotland.
If they give the go ahead Aberdeen can then secure the needed work permit which the club are confident will be completed before the January 20 fourth round tie against the Buddies at Pittodrie.
However Nwakali could be set to feature for the Dons tomorrow in the bounce match against Uzbekistan side Lokomotiv Tashkent as it is not deemed an official game.