Frederic Guilbert faces a battle to reignite his Aston Villa career after snubbing a move to Bournemouth, Football Insider understands.
The Midlands giants tried to get the right-back, 25, off their wage bill before the domestic transfer window shut last month.
But a loan transfer to Championship outfit Bournemouth could not be agreed and Guilbert has plummeted down the pecking order at high-flying Villa.
Unlike Henri Lansbury, Guilbert was named in the 25-man Premier League squad announced last month.
However, he is third-choice right-back, at best, in Dean Smith’s squad behind summer signing Matty Cash and 33-year-old Ahmed Elmohamady.
As revealed by Football Insider in early October, Villa were keen to ship out senior stars Guilbert, Anwar El Ghazi and Henri Lansbury by the 16 October cut-off.
Guilbert been a victim of the capture of Cash, who has made a strong impression since signing from Nottingham Forest for a fee rising to a potential £14million.
He has started all seven of Villa’s Premier League matches, including the remarkable 7-2 win over Liverpool and last weekend’s 3-0 demolition of Arsenal.
Guilbert failed to make the matchday squad for each of those games, five of which resulted in victories and two ended in defeat.
He has had to be content with two appearances in the EFL Cup, both of which were starts, to take his tally of matches for Villa to 31 in all competitions since signing from Caen in January 2019.