Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow in their alleged deadline day pursuit of Salomon Kalou, after it was confirmed the forward will be staying at Lille, reports the Daily Express.
The Ivory Coast international had been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League, after rediscovering his best form since moving to Ligue 1 on a free transfer from Chelsea in the summer of 2012.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was credited with an interest in bringing the 28-year-old to the Emirates Stadium, as his search for attacking reinforcements gathers pace in the final hours of the window.
Arsenal's north London rivals Spurs have also been mooted as admirers of Kalou, with Tim Sherwood also on the lookout for new faces to lure to White Hart Lane.
However, both English suitors will miss out on the chance to sign the African star, after Lille - who confirmed they have received bids for the player - convinced him to remain at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, and help René Girard's side in their push for Champions League qualification.