Chelsea and Liverpool have been dealt a transfer blow in their pursuit of French international striker Bafetimbi Gomis.
However, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas insists Gomis had the opportunity to leave the club, but turned down the opportunity to move away.
"We had offers for Gomis, but he refused," he told BeIn Sport.
Indeed, the player himself reiterated the sentiment, admitting that he’s happy with life at Stade de Gerland despite the speculation, and wants to remain at the Ligue 1 club until the end of the season.
"I want to finish the season here but the club also has their say, let's wait and see. Until the window closes there will be speculation," the forward told Sky Sports.
Chelsea aren’t flush with options in attack, despite the recent addition of Demba Ba in the transfer window.
The Senegalese international has made a great start to life under Rafa Benitez, scoring three goals in three games since arriving at Stamford Bridge.
However, teammate Fernando Torres is the only other senior striker available to the Chelsea manager, and Gomis would add another element to the Blues’ attack in west London.
Liverpool are another who, despite adding a forward already in the window, are light in the position.
Daniel Sturridge has made a big impact on arrival at Anfield – ironically from Chelsea – but is one of just three main options available to Brendan Rodgers now Fabio Borini is returning to fitness.
Luis Suarez is the main attacking threat for the Reds, whilst the aforementioned duo can both play wide in a 4-3-3 formation if required by the manager.
Gomis, a 10-cap international, would again add something to the Reds, but they also look set to be disappointed in this particular transfer race.