Lamine Kone's move to Sunderland AFC has fallen through, Sam Allardyce has confirmed.
The 26-year-old Ivory Coast centre-back had travelled to the North East last week to complete a medical and hold talks.
But it those talks have now broken down over a proposed £5million deal from French side Lorient.
Allardyce confirmed the news at his pre-match press conference.
The Echo reported over the weekend that there were doubts over whether the move would go ahead and Kone will not now be joining Allardyce's squad.
The defender is understood to be back in France.
The Black Cats are set to announce the arrival of Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff though for a fee around the region of £750,000.