Derby County have been dealt a sucker blow in their bid to recruit Ferdi Kadioglu from Turkish side Fenerbahce, according to reports.
Cocu worked with the youngster in his time at Fenerbahce and was looking to bolster his squad after a slow start to the Championship campaign.
However, the move now looks to have broken down as Fanatik claim Comolli told Cocu that the 20-year -ld will be staying in Istanbul.
Reports suggested the Rams were proposing a loan offer with an option to buy Kadioglu, but Fenerbahce will now be keeping him in their squad.
The Dutch U21 international has featured sporadically for the Turkish side – making cameo appearances from the bench – but the Fener faithful have been impressed with his limited performances.
The Dutchman has played 11 times in all competitions, netting three goals and providing two assists in that time.
Derby’s Kadioglu breakdown may not be the club’s only concern this week as reports on Thursday suggest the club’s players were paid late.
The error was attributed to an ‘unforeseen delay’, amid the club’s search for new investment. The players were paid two days later than expected.
Meanwhile on the pitch, County received a huge boost on New Year’s Day as England and Manchester United record scorer Wayne Rooney became eligible to play for the club.
Rooney moved from the MLS side D.C United in the autumn of last year as a player-coach but was contracted in the United States until December 31.
The 34-year-old could make his Championship debut for the Rams on Thursday when they host Barnsley.
The Derby board maintain they are happy to back Cocu in the transfer market, following the summer departures of Frank Lampard’s loan signings and the incident involving Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett earlier in the season.