Mathieu Debuchy is poised to complete a move from Arsenal to Bordeaux, with Premier League sides missing out.
Sunderland and Aston Villa had both been strongly linked over the past week, and The Mail has reported the reason for the clubs missing out was due to financial reasons.
The Mail's live transfer feed reported at 6.54pm that neither club were willing to cover his wages, and pay a loan fee.
It read: "Talks with Sunderland and Aston Villa fell through as paying a chunk of his £60,000-per-week wages and a loan fee, believed to be about £1.5m, was too much for the struggling sides."
Now Debuchy is heading back to France to sign with Bordeaux, The Mail claim, which at least should give him the regular football he craves ahead of Euro 2016.
Time is running out for both sides to add alternatives, and for Aston Villa this transfer window has been a disaster - equally as bad as their performances on the pitch this season, not managing to clinch a single signing.
Paying the asking price for Debuchy should really have been worth it simply to improve the squad and give the players a morale boost of a new face coming through the door.