Manchester City have been knocked back in an approach for Marseille striker Djibril Cisse.
The former Liverpool striker had been mentioned as a possible target for Premier League clubs during the January transfer window after failing to establish himself in the French club's first team this season.
Cisse, who spent a year with Marseille before joining on a permanent basis in July for around £4.5million, has been plagued by injury problems after originally joining the Reds from Auxerre in 2004.
However, despite falling out with Marseille over a lack of starting opportunities, the 26-year-old will not be allowed to join the Citizens.
"He is wanted, that is for sure," said club president Pape Diouf.
"I myself have been approached by Manchester City but I turned it down categorically."
Cisse has suffered serious breaks to both his legs during recent seasons, with the latter injury forcing him to miss the 2006 World Cup finals.
He has scored two goals in 16 appearances for Marseille this season.