Despite shelling out £25 million on Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, Manchester City will not be cashing in on flop duo Scott Sinclair and John Guidetti during the January transfer window.
The pair had been lined up for moves away from the Etihad Stadium this month having failed to ever make an impact at City, but any exit has been put on hold after their respective transfers seemingly fell apart.
Guidetti is currently on loan at Celtic, where he was expected to sign an agreement to make a summer move when his existing City deal expires, however he's decided to put contract talks on hold until later this year.
Sinclair has featured just four times for Manuel Pellegrini's team this season and was being lined up for a move to goal-shy Aston Villa, but boss Paul Lambert revealed the transfer was financially impossible for his club.
That means Sinclair, who joined City for a deal that could have risen to £8 million, will now have to wait to get his once promising career back on track.
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While permanent exits from the Etihad may not happen this month, it seems to be only a matter of time before both players end disappointing spells in the north west.
Guidetti will keep Celtic waiting
Having seen his City career defined by injuries and loan spells, Guidetti seemed to have finally found somewhere he could call home - Glasgow Celtic. The Swedish striker enjoyed a promising start to life in Scotland but following a recent goalscoring drought he's decided to put contract talks on hold.
Celtic boss Ronny Deila said: "We've been speaking for a long time but he's decided he wants to wait to see what his options are.
"It will be March or April, maybe longer, so there won't be any final decision this month. But we know we have him until the end of the season."
"It will be March or April, maybe longer, so there won't be any final decision this month. But we know we have him until the end of the season"
Villa won't pay the price
Unlike Guidetti, Sinclair has featured for Pellegrini this season, although his four cameos as a substitute take his City tally to a mere 19 appearances in two and a half seasons. Villa, who have been toothless in attack this season, hoped to add the winger to their squad during the transfer window, but Lambert has described the deal as being "dead".
When questioned he said: "That’s dead - it's not going to go anywhere. We just couldn’t really do it."
According to Sky Sports a number of clubs are still interested in the former Chelsea starlet but it remains to be seen if anyone will match the reported £2.5 million asking price.