Aston Villa tried but failed to sign free agent Dimitar Berbatov on deadline day, according to Sky sources.
It is understood the 34-year-old landed at Birmingham airport in the early hours of transfer deadline day and was picked up by Berbatov's fellow Bulgarian and current Villa ambassador Stylian Petrov, who used to play for the club.
Sky sources understand Berbatov held talks with Villa representatives at the Bodymoor Heath training ground but they never got close to reaching an agreement over his personal terms.
Berbatov was released by Monaco this summer at the end of the one-and-a-half year contract he signed when joining from Fulham in January 2014.
He had previously spent four successful years at Manchester United, where he won two Premier League titles, the League Cup and the club World Cup.
Berbatov, who retired from international football in 2012 after 78 caps for Bulgaria, began his career at CSKA Sofia before joining Bayer Leverkusen and then Tottenham in 2006.