Benoit Assou-Ekotto's representatives have so far found it harder than first thought to attract interest in their client's signature.
The full-back saw his Spurs contract terminated during the closing stages of the transfer window after failing to make a first-team appearance for more than 18 months, and is now looking for a fresh challenge abroad.
His representatives have since been working to find him a suitable option, and have been in contact with Serie A trio Cagliari, Genoa and Hellas Verona over the past week.
None of the three were tempted to sign the Cameroon international, however, having all declined to make a move for his signature.
Assou-Ekotto, 30, signed for Spurs from childhood club Lens in 2006 for a reported £3.5 million fee, before going on to make 200 total appearances for the team over the next seven seasons.
His time at White Hart Lane was marred with fallouts with management, however, while he spent the last term on loan at Queens Park Rangers in the Championship after dropping out of Andre Villas-Boas’ plans.
New manager Mauricio Pochettino had prevented him from training with the first-team ahead of an anticipated winter move, but the club failed to find a potential suitor for his £40,000-per-week wages before opting to release him.
His contract demands prevented him from find a new club in the summer, and he might just have to lower his expectations should he wish to keep his flagging career alive.
Nevertheless, have stressed that he regards football as just a job in the past, perhaps he is content with how much he’s earned at this stage.