Sunderland look to have missed out on Swiss striker Florian Kamberi.
Kamberi spent last season on loan at Hibernian in Scotland's top flight and caught the eye after netting nine goals in just 14 games.
The striker was thought to have been interesting new boss Jack Ross who earmarked Kamberi as an ideal addition ahead of the League One season, and was prepared to offer a seven-figure bid to parent club Grasshopper in order to secure his services.
But despite that interest, Sunderland look set to miss out on the frontman who is expected to join Hibernian imminently.
A clause in Kamberi's loan deal means that the Scottish side can secure the permanent addition of the striker for a significantly lower fee than Sunderland offered.
That clause was due to expire in the coming days, but Hibs have moved quickly to ensure that Sunderland can't steal in.