Newcastle United's hopes of resuscitating a move for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis are on the brink of complete collapse according to the president of the Ligue 1 side Jean-Michel Aulas.
Gomis had claimed a deal had been agreed with Newcastle for his transfer to St James' Park however a deal is yet to be agree with Aulas suggesting foul play from other clubs is to blame.
Marseille have also been linked with an interest in Gomis and Aulas has reported their Ligue 1 rivals to the French Professional Football League over their conduct.
Meanwhile for Newcastle their hopes of adding Gomis to loan signing Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers continue to diminish and Aulas says there is only a "small chance" the Premier League side can relaunch a bid for the France international.
"I'm very disappointed that a deal with Newcastle hasn't been finalised," he told the L'Equipe 21 TV station.
"I'm very pessimistic - it means that someone behind the scenes is pulling the strings. I think a certain number of people are going to reveal their true nature.
"Although the situation is difficult, we respect the player. We're one year away from the end of his contract.
"Some excessive demands made Newcastle hesitate, notably concerning compensation for intermediaries."
"We've done our utmost," he added to OLTV.
"Newcastle have agreed to give the player £70,000 per week, which is not only a lot more than he was earning at Lyon but also considerably superior to that which he could earn at other French clubs, except for Monaco and PSG.
"Given that Monaco and PSG are not interested, that means that things cannot continue. I think that there remains a small chance if certain people explain to Bafe that his future is to quickly join a big club.
"Newcastle are not a big French club but they're a big Franco-English club."
Manager Alan Pardew has made adding to the club's artillery a priority during the summer transfer window, but with Remy's long-term future in the north east uncertain - with charges relating to gang rape to be heard in September - the club are likely to seek a second striker in the window.