By William Joyce
Rod Fanni has failed to agree a deal with Leicester City, Goal understands.
The defender is surplus to requirements at Marseille and looked set to join the Premier League new boys this summer after holding talks in England.
But Fanni has now returned to France without signing for the Foxes, despite training with the club over the last two days.
Fanni, 32, has five caps for France and can play at both full-back and centre-back, but has fallen down the pecking order at Marseille, who are keen to remove his high salary from their wage bill.
The defender could be available for as little as half of his £800,000 release clause.
Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, meanwhile, is still keen to bolster his squad before the transfer window closes.
"We are trying to get a defender in and we have picked up a couple of injuries in midfield," Pearson told BBC Radio Leicester on Monday. "And I don't think you can ever have enough attacking options.
"It is about trying to strengthen across the board. But I don't think there is any mileage in making false promises or speculating on players who are not ours."