Newcastle United's chase of Papiss Demba Cisse broke down late on deadline day, Freiburg have confirmed.
Last season's second highest-scorer in the Bundesliga was the subject of interest from a handful of Barclays Premier League clubs, with North East rivals Sunderland also thought to be keen.
However, the Magpies appear to have come closest to bringing the player to England, before the St. James Park switch stalled whilst in negotiations with the German side.
"The issue has been dealt with ... negotiations with Newcastle United broke down," said Freiburg director of sport Dirk Dufner.
"He is a very special lad and we are fortunate that he is with us. We want to enjoy this fortune for a little while longer."
It was reported earlier on August 30th that Newcastle United had made a £10 million offer for Cisse, a figure that was thought to be £3 million short of the club's valuation.
The Senegalese hitman was one of a number of attackers on the Tyneside radar throughout the summer, with Mevlut Erdinc, Eljero Elia and Modibo Maiga also Newcastle United targets.
Alan Pardew failed on all fronts on deadline day though, and Newcastle will look to move forward with their current squad until January at least.