Palermo have announced they will not be pursuing their interest in Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand.
Skysports.com revealed last week that Ferdinand was considering a move to the Italian club after falling down the pecking order at the Stadium of Light.
Talks were held over a possible loan switch or permanent deal, but Palermo have now decided they do not need the central defender.
Maribor defender Armin Bacinovic was also tipped to join Palermo, but sporting director Walter Sabatini says the Sicilians are well covered at the back.
Ferdinand will now have to review his options as he vies with the likes of John Mensah, Titus Bramble and Nedum Onuoha for a place in the Sunderland side.
"Anton Ferdinand and Bacinovic were offered to us, but even though they are two good players we have not considered their purchase," Sabatini told TGS.
"Anton Ferdinand is a physically strong defender that we like, but we decided to give up because we don't need another central defender."