The Premier League's bottom side failed to secure a work permit for the goalkeeper on two occasions this window, reports claim.
Remi Garde has hinted that Aston Villa will try and complete a deal to sign goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic in the summer, despite failing to bring the Croatian to the club during the January transfer window, the Birmingham Mail reports.
The Villains have failed to secure a work permit for the 25-year-old on two occasions this month, the Mail reports. And while Garde refused to shed further light on why the deal had fallen through, he did hint that another bid in the summer may be on the cards.
"It's a disappointment because we thought that we could sign him," he said, as reported by the Mail.
"I have not too many details on that. I've got some details but it's not for me to reveal it to tell you."
When asked if the club will return with a summer bid, Garde replied: "Hopefully yes."
Although The Telegraph previously reported that the Hajduk Split man had agreed a £4.9m move to Villa Park before work permit issues meant that the deal fell through - which suggests that he was not deterred by the club's desperate position in the top flight - he may well have a different opinion in the summer.
While Villa are in serious trouble in the league - 10 points adrift of safety - Kalinic may have felt confident that should he join during this window, there would have still been enough time for the side to pull themselves out of danger.
However, should Villa return with another bid once relegation has been confirmed, Kalinic may feel that joining a Championship side may not be the best move for him, thus leaving Villa potentially missing out for a third time.