West Ham have ended Cardiff's hopes of securing former Ninian Park favourite James Collins on loan.
Collins moved to Upton Park from Cardiff two years ago and recently signed a new four-year deal with the Premier League outfit.
City chairman Peter Ridsdale admits the Championship club had their sights set on securing the Welsh international on loan.
But their top flight counterparts told Cardiff that Collins will not be heading back to his former club.
"We did enquire about James three weeks ago regarding the possibility of bringing him in on loan," Ridsdale told the Western Mail.
"But West Ham told us there was not a cat in hell's chance of doing it."
Collins has only just returned to fitness after a calf injury and figured as a second-half substitute in West Ham's Carling Cup win at Bristol Rovers last week.