According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa's pursuit of Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane hit a stumbling block earlier today.
Villa have yet to make a new signing during this month's transfer window, with manager Remi Garde in desperate need of additions to try and save the Premier League's bottom club.
Garde did finally record his first win as Villa boss with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Tuesday night, though Villa still lie eight points adrift of safety from the relegation zone.
New signings are needed, and the Birmingham Mail reported on Tuesday that Villa were close to signing Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane on loan until the end of the season.
Sane, 28, stands at 6ft 4in and uses his impressive size to overpower attackers, something Garde clearly feels his side needs in their battle against relegation.
The Senegal international, who can also play in holding midfield, had been lined up for a move to Villa - but the Birmingham Mail have updated the situation, stating that there is a hold up.
It's suggested that Bordeaux are now unwilling to let Sane leave on loan, as it would 'create uncertainty' in their defence, and would only sanction a permanent deal, allowing them to fund signing a replacement.
Villa now have to decide whether they want to make a long-term commitment with Sane, rather than just a loan deal, especially with some expecting them to start planning for the Championship.