Portsmouth have confirmed that the Football League has not sanctioned forward Tommy Smith's proposed transfer to Queens Park Rangers.
The two Championship clubs had hoped to have agreed a permanent deal for the 30-year-old on transfer deadline day last week.
But the Football League has not approved the move and Portsmouth have stated that this is due to 'administrative issues outside the Blues' control'.
Cash-strapped Portsmouth are now planning to loan Smith to QPR in the approaching emergency loan window ahead of a full-time deal in January.
A short statement on the Fratton Park club's official website read: "The Football League have rejected the permanent transfer of Tommy Smith from Pompey to QPR due to administrative issues outside the Blues' control.
"The two clubs are now working to bring the player to Loftus Road on a loan basis in time for QPR's fixture against Middlesbrough on Saturday, ahead of a permanent transfer in January."