Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue is set to join Tottenham, according to Cardiff boss Malky Mackay.
The Bluebirds were thought to have been favourites to win the signature of the France international after agreeing a fee for the 25-year-old in July and entering negotiations for personal terms.
However, Toulouse president Olivier Sadran revealed on Wednesday that the player will join Spurs and Mackay confirmed the news when asked about the deal to sign the midfielder.
"We had a bid accepted but it looks as if he has decided, as far as I am aware, to go to Tottenham. It looks like it will go that way," Mackay told reporters.
Capoue looks set to join the likes of Nacer Chadli and Robeto Soldado to have arrived at White Hart Lane this summer.