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JOHN HUGHES last night revealed his bid to sign Densil Theobald is being held back by red tape and a shortage of cash.

The Falkirk boss was impressed by the Trinidad and Tobago international midfielder during a two-week trial.

Player-coach Russell Latapy tipped off Yogi about Theobold, who plays for Caledonia A/A Fire in his homeland.

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The player, who watched the Bairns' 2-2 draw with Hearts on Sunday, would love a chance to play in the SPL.

But Hughes has already spent his budget and realises Theobold could have work permit problems despite being a regular for his country.

While the 23-year-old is on World Cup duty against Panama at the weekend, Hughes will try to hammer out a deal with his directors for the player when he returns.

Hughes said: "Densil is young, has great vision and passing ability - you can see that after two minutes.

"He is a full international but we need to see what the situation is with the work permit. We're at the first stage and need to see if he qualifies.

"I also need to sit down with my board of directors and work out what we can do.

"Money is tight so we need to see if we can come to some kind of arrangement with his club. We could take him until Christmas and see what we think of him and what he thinks of us.

"If we were going to take him on a longer deal we would probably have to pay a fee so we need to weigh it all up."