SWANSEA City have seen hopes of signing Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber slip through their grasp as the German defender sealed a loan move to FC Schalke.
New Swansea head coach Paul Clement had named the centre-half as a man he felt could make a difference to the Welsh club's relegation fight.
Clement, 45, had worked with the 27-year-old during his stint as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Bayern, where Badstuber has had to bide his time for first-team action with Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Javi Martinez ahead of him.
But the former Derby coach admitted Swansea's position in the Premier League could make a move hard to pull off with Manchester City also interested in a deal for the Germany international.
In the end that has proved to be the case, with Badstuber opting to remain in his homeland, by making the loan move to 11th-placed Schalke until the end of the season.
Swansea have targeted defensive reinforcements as a priority during the January transfer window, with QPR's Steven Caulker and Barcelona's Aleix Vidal thought to be among the options under consideration.
Other players to be linked with a move to the Liberty include Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll - who, like Caulker, spent a season on-loan at Swansea earlier in his career – is of interest although the Welsh club baulked at a potential £10million asking price.
PSV Eindhoven winger Luciano Narsingh (centre)
A deal for PSV Eindhoven winger Luciano Narsingh is understood to have been largely agreed, with Swansea keen to give Clement the chance to have his say on a deal that was put in place prior to his appointment last week.
Swansea have also been linked with a move for Porto striker Moussa Marega, with speculation over Fernando Llorente's future showing no signs of abating.
The Spaniard played a full part in training on Tuesday as Swansea step up their preparations for the weekend clash with Arsenal, as talk of an impending move to Chelsea — with Michy Batshuayi moving the other way on loan — continues to swirl.
The 31-year-old has scored five goals in his last three home appearances, and French giants PSG are reported to have entered the race for his signature.
Swansea continue to say they have not received any interest for any party for the World Cup winner.
It is thought Swansea would be reluctant to move on Llorente given he has shown some signs of finding form after a difficult start to life in SA1.
There is also the knowledge that any player offered in exchange would need to be given time to settle into their new surroundings, and time is a commodity not in Swansea's favour as they battle to retain their Premier League status.