Didier Drogba has been refused permission by Fifa to make an immediate loan move away from Shanghai Shenhua.

Fifa said in a statement: “We can confirm that the player Didier Drogba submitted a request for authorisation to be registered outside an open registration period for a club on a loan basis.

“Fifa has informed him about the relevant regulations… that players may only be registered during one of the two annual registration periods fixed by the relevant association.”

More to follow…