Fulham failed in their deadline day move for Bordeaux defender Youssouf Sabaly, despite meeting the player’s £12million release clause.

In their search for a right back, the Cottagers activated the release of the 25-year-old but received no reply from Bordeaux. Sky Sports News suggests that the deal collapsed, despite a successful medical and repeated efforts by Fulham to make contact over a four-hour period on the final day of the transfer window.

Ligue 1 side Bordeaux failed to respond to any emails or phone calls from Fulham, so the deal could not proceed to be finalised.

It is understood that no deal sheet has been lodged with the Premier League and as such any potential move that had existed is now off.

Repercussions may now occur, as release clauses are contractual agreements stating that a club must release the player in question if a certain figure is met.

Sabaly may well now have a claim against his employers for breach of contract, though the saga means Fulham’s pursuit for a full-back came to an unsuccessful end.