Leicester City have been told they are not good enough to sign teenage Chelsea winger Scott Sinclair on loan.
Scott Sinclair has been used sparingly by Chelsea (Getty Images)
Foxes boss Ian Holloway was eager to bring the 18-year-old to the Walkers Stadium and thought he was on the verge of getting his man.
But Holloway told BBC Radio Leicester: "We have now been told we can't have him. Chelsea do not want to let him go to a team that's where we are.
"There's one struck off that we had half-planned and half-promised."
Sinclair is back at Stamford Bridge after a loan spell at QPR but has fallen down the pecking order following Florent Malouda's return to fitness.
Holloway thought he had a good chance of landing the England youth international but has been told they want him to play for a side near the top of the Championship table.
He added: "If they do loan him out they want to loan him to a club with a chance of getting in the play-offs because they want him to experience that."
Holloway was also previously manager of Bristol Rovers, from whom Sinclair joined the Premier League giants in July 2005.