Southampton are unable to recall goalkeeper Fraser Forster from Celtic, according to the Telegraph.
The Premier League outfit failed to place a recall clause in his contract, meaning the Scottish champions are set to retain the shot-stopper for the remainder of the season.
Southampton are desperate for a new number one, with Forster showing great form on loan with Celtic this campaign.
The 31-year-old is a key figure for Neil Lennon, keeping nine clean sheets in 20 appearances for the Bhoys in all competitions.
On Sunday the Southampton keeper helped Celtic pick up their first piece of silverware this season, as Forster starred in their 1-0 League Cup final win over Rangers.
He managed to keep their bitter rivals at bay with a whole host of impressive saves, as he kept out a penalty for his side who had been reduced to 10-men on the hour mark.
While Celtic are flying high in the Scottish Premiership, Southampton are in a relegation battle and are in need of a strong presence in goal.
The Saints are third bottom and have struggled to keep their opponents at bay throughout the season.
The lowlight of the campaign so far came in a 9-0 defeat to Leicester City, which led to Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl dropping Angus Gunn.
Replacement Alex McCarthy has failed to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League for the Saints, as they efforts of Danny Ings continue to go to waste due to their defensive frailties.
Southampton have the perfect goalkeeper within their ranks in Forster, however he is set to remain at Celtic until the end of the season at least.
While the Saints will be ruing their decision to overlook a recall clause, the Bhoys will be celebrating the Premier League side’s oversight.