Stoke City have decided not to pursue their interest in veteran Portsmouth and England goalkeeper David James.
The Potters had been keen to sign the 39-year-old on loan for the rest of the season.
However, no deal was finalised before Friday's noon deadline meaning that James would not have been able to play against one of his former clubs, Liverpool, this weekend.
It is understood that a failure to agree a deal with Pompey regarding James' wages was behind the collapse of the loan arrangement.
James has made just one first-team appearance in the past two months due to injury, while Potters boss Tony Pulis is in the market for a new shot-stopper as Thomas Sorensen continues to be linked with a move away from the Britannia Stadium.
The former Aston Villa goalkeeper and Denmark international has been linked with a transfer to Bayern Munich.