Hull City and Crystal Palace both failed with deadline-day bids for former Sunderland midfielder Yann M’Vila, according to French football website Foot Mercato.
It is rumoured that the 26-year-old, who plays in Russian for Rubin Kazan, was open to the move but his club were reluctant to let him leave.
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M’Vila has an £11 million release clause in his contract but neither of the Premier League sides were willing to meet that valuation.
The France international joined Rubin in 2013 from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes for a fee of €12 million but had an uneasy start to life in Russia.
He had a bust-up with then-coach Rinat Bilyaletdinov when he failed to join the team for a training camp in Turkey during the 2013-14 winter break and spent the next two seasons out on loan at Internazionale and Sunderland respectively.
M’Vila was highly regarded at the Stadium of Light but the club chose not to take up the option to purchase him last summer, a decision which drew frustration from both the player and fans.
The holding-man has a reputation for being something of a loose cannon and several of his previous managers have questioned his attitude and application.
Nonetheless, M’Vila is a talented individual with Premier League experience and could have been an astute signing for a team battling the drop.