Aston Villa manager Remi Garde is growing increasingly frustrated in his attempts to lure new faces into the club, report the Daily Telegraph.
The Frenchman is in his first transfer window at the helm of the Premier League’s basement club, though his endeavours to acquire reinforcements have largely proved fruitless so far.
A £4.9m move for Hajduk Split goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic has reportedly been scrapped due to his failure to get a work permit.
Despite being linked with Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy, reports suggest Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen are also keen on the 30-year old right-back.
The Daily Telegraph claims a £1.25m loan fee for the Gunners ace has also provided a stumbling block, with the Villa board understood to be scaling back funds in preparation for life in the Championship.
Despite going four games unbeaten, the beleaguered Midlands giants still lie 10 points adrift in the battle to retain their Premier League status.