Bristol City have decided not to pursue their interest in Egypt international Emad Motaeb.
The 25-year-old was set to join the Robins from Egyptian side Al Ahly in a £1.5million deal after agreeing a three-year contract at Ashton Gate.
However, City chairman Steve Lansdown said: "The Egyptian (Motaeb) deal is off. To explain, the player passed his medical and agreed the deal, subject to getting a work permit.
"He couldn't sign officially until the work permit came through, so he was allowed back to Egypt to sort that out and wave goodbye to the Al Ahly fans.
"He was clearly informed he could not play in the game against Zamelek and he went against that promise. We had second thoughts."
However, City are expected to complete the signings of Coventry City striker Michael Mifsud and another mystery player shortly.