Former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler has rejected an offer to continue his career in Australia with Sydney FC.
The 32-year-old is on the lookout for a new club following his release by Liverpool at the end of last season, but will not be joining the A-League side.
"Naturally, we're bitterly disappointed but we're satisfied we did everything we could to persuade Robbie to come to Sydney FC, Australia and the A-League competition," said Sydney FC chief executive officer George Perry.
"Robbie was tremendously impressed by what he saw in Sydney but he has chosen to go elsewhere.
"We respect his decision and wish him and his family well."
Fowler has been linked with several Championship clubs including Leicester City and Cardiff City.
The former Manchester City and Leeds hitman has also been mentioned as a possible target for ambitious League One side Port Vale.
However, the Foxes appear favourites to win the race for the free agent striker, with owner Milan Mandaric claiming earlier in the week he was hopeful of concluding a deal.
Fowler made 24 appearances for the Reds last season and scored seven times.