Sunderland have confirmed they failed to get a deal for Portuguese goalkeeper Mika Domingues done in time on deadline day.
The Wearsiders were desperate to add some cover between the sticks during the latter stages of the transfer window after losing number one Vito Mannone to an elbow injury.
England international Joe Hart was one target for manager David Moyes but he opted to join Italian side Torino on a season-long loan deal instead.
Sunderland switched their attentions to 25-year-old Domingues after missing out on Hart and a deal looked to have been struck when his Portuguese club side Boavista posted on social media that the transfer had been completed.
However, the Black Cats later revealed on their own social media pages that they had failed to sign Domingues before Wednesday’s 11pm deadline.
“Despite the best endeavours of both clubs, a deal has not been completed for the transfer of Mika Domingues from Boavista to Sunderland AFC,” a club statement said.
Transfer deadline day turned out to be a frustrating one for Moyes as he was only able to bring in Didier Ndong for a club-record fee and Jason Denayer on loan, falling short of the five players he had originally wanted.