Primera Liga outfit Malaga have admitted defeat in their efforts to take Adel Taarabt on loan from Tottenham.
The Spanish side had been hoping to land the midfielder on a season-long agreement, but have failed to reach an accord with Spurs.
With negotiations having broken down, Malaga have decided to turn their attentions elsewhere.
"This option is now totally closed and the club is working in other areas," said club president Fernando Sanz.
Malaga coach Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz had wanted Taarabt to add some steel to his midfield, with the creative influences of Valdo already secured on a loan deal from Espanyol.
Muniz had been advised to move for the Morocco international by former Spurs boss Juande Ramos, but he has now been forced to accept that a deal is out of the equation.