Lyon boss Gerard Houllier suspects there is little chance that Mahamadou Diarra will join Manchester United in the summer.
The combative midfielder has long been believed to be United's top transfer target as they continue their search for Roy Keane's successor.
While England's Michael Carrick is very much a name in the frame, it is thought Sir Alex Ferguson remains a firm admirer of the Mali international.
Diarra has proven himself to be one of the top holding midfielders currently plying their trade in Europe, with a series of fine displays in the UEFA Champions League marking him out to be a real player to watch.
Real Madrid have also been mooted as strong suitors for the player's services, but with regards United, former Liverpool chief Houllier - who is eager to keep Diarra in France - is more than a little sceptical.
"I don't think Diarra will be going to United," he told The Guardian.
"We hope Mahamadou will stay but, while there has been interest in him, I don't see him going to The Premiership."