Nicolas Anelka has rejected the opportunity to join Lazio, as West Brom wait on an FA decision on the striker following his controversial quenelle celebration, reports the Daily Mail.
Reports suggest the Italian club had been contacted by the 34-year-old’s agents over a proposed switch.
According to Rome newspaper Il Messaggero, Lazio president Claudio Lotito had all but agreed a deal for the former French international, only for Anelka’s agent to ask for a better wage.
The striker could still find himself forced out of West Brom following the controversy, but remained reluctant to accept a short term contract with the Serie A club.
Anelka has only managed two goals in nine Premier League appearances since joining the Baggies in the summer, both of which came in the game at Upton Park in December.
The Football Association hearing to rule on the ‘quenelle’ gesture he produced after scoring in that game, is not likely to begin until the end of February.
Anelka has continued to protest his innocence over the gesture, but could find his Premier League future under threat if found guilty.