Aston Villa are likely to fail in any attempts to sign Lovre Kalinic in the summer, the Birmingham Mail reports.
The Croatian keeper, who currently turns out of Hajduk Split, was a target for Villa in January, with Remi Garde keen to sign a new stopper.
Brad Guzan has been dropped due to a series of poor performances, and he is expected to leave the club this summer, whilst Mark Bunn is adequate cover - for now.
Garde has made it a priority to sign a new goalkeeper, and Kalinic was set to be that man.
However, a deal fell through at the final moment.
Both clubs and the player himself had agreed to the move, but Kalinic was refused a work permit.
Villa appealed to the FA and it was still rejected, and the club ended the transfer window failing to sign Kalinic - or any other players.
They did have an interest in returning to sign Kalinic in the summer, but the report indicates that this is an unlikely occurrence.
It is stated that any move to sign the keeper would once again be rejected by the FA, as Kalinic’s work permit situation has not changed in the recent months.