Belgian champions Anderlecht have opted against offering a contract to free agent Mohamed Sissoko.
The former Liverpool midfielder finds himself without a club after negotiating his release from Paris St Germain.
Discussions were held with Championship outfit Reading over the summer, but no deal was put in place.
That allowed Anderlecht to bring Sissoko in on a trial basis, and he has spent the last two weeks training with the club.
The 28-year-old has, however, been unable to reach an agreement on his future.
As a result, a man who has also turned out for Valencia and Juventus and been capped on 34 occasions by Mali remains up for grabs and will explore other avenues in his pursuit of a new employer.
A statement released by Anderlecht read: "The management and the board of Anderlecht have, after consultation, decided not to do a deal.
"The reasons are that the 90 minutes against NAC Breda passed smoothly. We also could not agree with the financial demands of the player or his physical state."
General manager Herman Van Holsbeeck added: "Although Mohamed Sissoko could have offered his experience and leadership, we could not find any agreement.
"I want to personally thank him for his positive attitude."