Dutch striker Collins John has rejected a £2m move to Watford after they failed to match his personal demands.
The Fulham ace held talks with the rock-bottom Hornets last night but will not lower his £20,000-a-week wage demands.
The Cottagers are keen to sell John, 21, and had agreed a fee with Watford earlier in the day.
Watford chief Aidy Boothroyd still hopes to resurrect the deal but will have to break the club’s salary cap to do so.
John has started just nine league games this season after falling out with boss Chris Coleman.
Coleman said: “Collins’ agent told us he wanted to leave and we accepted a good offer for him.
“The disappointing thing from my point of view was that Collins told his agent he had spoken to me about it, which he hadn’t.
“Collins has got it all to do in terms of proving himself.”