Newcastle United have failed in their bid to push through a move for Everton's Brendan Galloway in time for the Huddersfield Town match this weekend.
The Evening Chronicle reported the Toon were close to agreeing a deal for the left-back on Tuesday, but the transfer was delayed as the Toffees failed to bring in replacement Lamine Kone from Sunderland in time.
Newcastle had to get the paperwork in to the Football League before midday on Friday in order to have Galloway available for the Town clash at St James' Park.
Galloway is now likely to join up with the Magpies next week, leaving Paul Dummett or former Atletico Madrid man Jesus Gamez to take up the left-back birth.
Newcastle will have defender Ciaran Clark at their disposal as well as former Hull City midfielder Mohamed Diame, and Moussa Sissoko is also available for selection.
Whether Rafa Benitez will select the French international is another issue entirely, with the Euro 2016 runner-up pleading for an escape route from St James' Park.
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Real Madrid and Juventus have been linked with the midfielder who has repeatedly expressed his desire to leave the North East club.
Newcastle are rumoured to be interested in Brighton's Anthony Knockaert, with Benitez seeing the 24-year-old as a good replacement for Sissoko, and Nahki Wells has also been linked to St James' Park - but these rumblings are as yet unsubstantiated.