Paraguayan international forward Salvador Cabañas has opted to remain with Mexican outfit Club América despite an offer from Premiership side Wigan.
Steve Bruce has been desperate to bolster his front line, but now looks set to miss out on both Egyptian ace Amr Zaki and target Cabañas.
Cabañas came highly recommended, with Manchester United also reportedly tracking Blackburn star Roque Santa Cruz's international strike partner. It was the Latics, though, who were set to make a $12 million swoop for the man they call "The Bull."
Cabañas' agent said of the potential move last week: "There has been contact with Wigan. It would be a good move forward because he would love to test himself in the Premier League. Wigan is well established with a fine manager, so we are thinking about it."
Now, though, the player himself has revealed that said thinking has resulted in him deciding to stay put rather than test English waters.
Cabañas told Mexican newspaper Informador: "I want to stay. Playing in Europe would please me, but right now I don't want to leave América, I want to win something here. I want to be champion and hopefully it'll happen this season.
"What I have to do is work hard, be focused, be at 100 percent with the team and then we'll see what will happen. I don't know anything about [interest from English clubs], you must speak about this to my agent or to the club."
Thus, boss Bruce becomes the latest Premier League manager left to fidget during this slow transfer window.