French Ligue 1 side Lille held talks with Spartak Moscow over the signing of Ghana striker Abdul Majeed Waris in anticipation of Salomon Kalou’s departure.
But the Les Dogues cannot meet his €5m asking price and are pushing for a possible loan deal which is a possibility.
Waris had successful six-month loan spell at Valenciennes last season when he scored nine goals in 16 Ligue 1 appearances.
According to sources, the player wants to return to France.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup player has made three appearances for Spartak Moscow in the Russian Premier League this term.