Carlisle United have announced that the proposed swap deal involving Ben Williams and Colchester United's Scott Vernon has broken down.
The Cumbrians accepted a bid from the Us for Williams last week, and were keen to involve striker Vernon as part of the transfer.
However, Carlisle boss Greg Abbott has revealed that Vernon has signalled to Colchester that he does not wish to sign at Brunton Park.
Abbott told the club's official website: "Scott has decided that he wants to stay with Colchester at the moment, so he won't be coming up here to join us.
"He has told his people down there that he wants to try and fight for his place.
"He hadn't initially asked for a transfer, so he feels that he wants to stay there at this moment in time."