Former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie will not be signing for West Ham United this summer.
This has been reported by the Mirror, who claim that the Hammers have rejected the opportunity to sign the Fenerbache forward in this transfer window.
Van Persie, 32, was reportedly ready to take a pay cut to return to the Premier League, but it now appears that Slaven Bilic and co. have decided against signing him.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4
Article continues below
While the Dutchman was comfortably one of the leading forwards in world football only a couple of years ago, it's fair to say that he's now nowhere near the player he once was.
Despite netting 16 times in Turkey last term, it's surely unlikely that Van Persie would once again be able to make a major impact in England's elite division.
Article continues below
West Ham options
That's why, then, it's not exactly surprising that West Ham have opted out of handing him a return to London.
The Hammers have also been linked with a move for their former player Carlos Tevez - they were willing to offer the Argentine a £150,000-a-week deal to rejoin them from Boca Juniors - but it appears that he won't be returning to the club for a second stint.
RVP to Middlesbrough?
But a Premier League switch for Van Persie can't be completely ruled out just yet.
Indeed, the same report indicates that Premier League new boys Middlesbrough have been offered the player's services.
Manager Aitor Karanka has already landed ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Vales, but it appears that he's determined to bring in added experience ahead of his side's return to the top flight.
Valdes may well have endured a torrid past couple of years, but his experience should help Middlesbrough thrive next season.
Manager Karanka certainly expects Valdes to have a key role to play and has admitted that he's delighted to have signed him.
Karanka said: "You can't imagine how delighted I am because it's not usual to bring players like him to recently promoted teams.
"I'm really pleased because he is really committed. All the the conversations we've had he knows why he is here and he is coming to add to what we have.
"He knows how strong this group is. It's a privilege for us to be able to bring a player like this to the club."
Do you think Van Persie will return to the Premier League? Have your say below!