Pascal Chimbonda's possible move from Sunderland to Lyon is now ''dead'', according to the player's agent.
Chimbonda issued a come-and-get-me plea to Lyon in late November, with speculation mounting the French champions were about to make an offer for the Black Cats defender.
Les Gones are without both of their right-backs, Anthony Reveillere and Francois Clerc, for some time due to serious knee injuries and coach Claude Puel has admitted he is in the hunt for a replacement.
The 29-year-old Chimbonda had appeared to be the ideal candidate, but the player's agent Roger Boli now believes his client is set to remain on Wearside.
''It is dead, there has been nothing new from Lyon,'' Boli explained in Le Parisien.
''The problem Pascal has had is simply a communication problem within the club. We're waiting, this situation will certainly move on.''
Chimbonda signed a three-year deal at the Stadium of Light in July when he joined for an undisclosed fee from Tottenham.