France international Yann M'Vila was desperate to secure a permanent move to Sunderland on transfer deadline day after a successful loan stint last term, but new manager David Moyes wasn't so keen.
The 26-year-old holding midfielder spent last season on loan from Rubin Kazan, and was expected to make the move permanent after being one of the club's top performers as the Black Cats narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League.
M'Vila has been capped 22 times by the French national team and only has a few months left on his Kazan contract, but Sunderland manager Moyes decided against bringing back the fan favourite.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: https://gms.to/haveyoursay4
He appeared 37 times as he helped lift Sunderland out of the relegation scrap, and even his bosses in Russia expected him to move to Wearside as he was left out of the Rubin Kazan squad for the domestic season.
M'Vila left a heartfelt message on his Instagram account once he knew the move wasn't going to happen, but has since deleted it.
“I called Sunderland but they are not picking up the phone. Why? My heart has broken.”
Moyes instead broke the Sunderland record transfer fee as he signed Didier Ndong from French side Lorient for £13.5 million.
This rejection by Sunderland represents a steady decline in M'Vila's career.
He was heavily linked with a big money move to Arsenal after impressing for France at Euro 2012, but instead opted for Russia with Rubin Kazan.
M'Vila now has to run his contract down with the Russian side and hope he is picked up in January, but whether his destination will be Sunderland after this extremely ill-fated transfer fiasco, remains unclear.
Can David Moyes keep Sunderland in the Premier League? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!