Ipswich have finally completed the signing of French midfielder Cheick Kourouma on a one-year contract.
The 20-year-old, who was a free agent, had been on trial at Portman Road since the end of last season.
The deal was held up by an issue over possible compensation claims by seven clubs, including Sochaux and Genoa, with whom he was previously associated.
"The club have cut their way through the red tape and got over the line in the end," said manager Paul Jewell.
Ipswich registered the necessary paperwork before the transfer deadline on 31 August and received clearance for Kourouma to play on Friday.
"It's been an area of particular frustration for me in how long this process has taken," Town's chief executive Simon Clegg told the club website.
"Despite none of these clubs offering him a professional contract, under the relatively new Fifa compensation regulations, we could have been liable for nearly 250,000 Euros compensation to these clubs.
"Despite some of these clubs not even having any record of Cheick having been there, the mere sniff of compensation from an English Championship club had suddenly got them all very excited."