Sunderland have confirmed they will not be signing striker Djibril Cisse on a permanent basis.
Sportsmail revealed earlier this month that the former Liverpool striker did not get on with strike-partner Kenwyne Jones and had told friends he was off to Tottenham in the summer.
The 27-year-old Frenchman spent the season on loan at the Stadium of Light from Marseille, and the Black Cats negotiated the terms of a prospective transfer then.
However, chairman Niall Quinn has revealed that they would not be taking up that option.
He told the club's official website: 'We wish Djibril well and thank him for his contribution to the club this season.'
It is understood the fee Sunderland agreed was around £10million, although because it was set in euros, the weakness of the pound since meant it could have amounted to nearer £13million.
Cisse made 38 appearances for the club and scored 11 goals, one fewer than strike-partner Kenwyne Jones.
But he found the back of the net only once in his last 12, four of which came from the bench as it became clear that he was unlikely to remain on Wearside.
He was an unused substitute for yesterday's 3-2 home defeat by Chelsea, and today's announcement came as no surprise.