Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha's World Cup dream is continuing to dwindle after both Bolton Wanderers and Fulham ruled themselves out a loan move for the England international.
Since moving to Old Trafford permanently in the summer, after finishing last season on loan at Crystal Palace, Zaha has featured just once in the United first team this season, in the Community Shield against Wigan Athletic.
United turned down a loan offer from Palace on deadline day but manager David Moyes has raised questions over the 20 year old's suitability for selection in the Premier League.
With England having secured qualification for next year's World Cup finals, Zaha is among the contenders to travel as part of the 23-man squad but having been capped just once in 2013, he is running out of time to force his way into the thinking of manager Roy Hodgson.
Among the clubs linked with a move for Zaha is Fulham, but boss Martin Jol says he is overloaded with wide options.
"No," Jol said when asked of any interest in Zaha. "He did very well actually in pre-season so there was no reason to make an enquiry about him.
"I feel that, on the flank, we are OK. We've got five or six options.
"I told [Ashkan Dejagah] a couple of weeks ago, 'I want you to be the number-one' but of course I want Duffers [Damien Duff] to be the number one, I want Bryan [Ruiz] to be the number one."
Bolton, another club to be linked with Zaha, have also ruled themselves out of running. Manager Dougie Freedman, who managed Zaha for a period at Selhurst Park joked: "He's coming into the building right now, doing his medicals and we're signing him permanently.
"People gossip and things get out - but they are putting two and two together because I had him at Crystal Palace.
"There has been no contact between me and David Moyes on Zaha and no contact between me and the chairman on bringing Zaha here."
With three defeats in their opening seven league games, United have suffered a difficult start under Moyes' guidance and fans have called for several untried players including Zaha and Shinji Kagawa to be employed with more regularity.
However, such is Moyes' concern over Zaha that the Scot appears unlikely to entrust him with first team appearances for United. But with the Scot not open to the England leaving on loan, Zaha's development is being significantly stalled.
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