Real Betis are exploring the possibility of cancelling midfielder Víctor Camarasa's loan move with Crystal Palace after growing concerned that the Eagles have no interest in using him.
The 25-year-old has seen just five minutes of Premier League action since the start of the season, and he has failed to make Roy Hodgson's matchday squad for seven different games.
Betis do not actually want Camarasa back. Instead, they want to find someone who will sign him permanently, and they do not want to waste their time watching his value decrease, only to get him back at the end of the season.
There is no option in the current loan deal which allows either party to cancel it, so Betis would need to negotiate with Palace to get the player back earlier than initially planned. They are prepared to do so, in the hope of being able to ship him out elsewhere.
Palace may well be interested in doing so. Currently paying his wages, the Eagles may be open to getting his salary off the books to free up funds to be spent elsewhere.
Hodgson could always change his mind and decide to play the former Cardiff City loanee but, with James McCarthy, James McArthur, Cheikhou Kouyaté and club captain Luka Milivojević all ahead of him in the pecking order, Camarasa's chances of first-team action certainly appear slim.
After an impressive start to the season which saw them rise as high as fourth in the Premier League, Palace have slipped down to 12th after a run of one point from their last four matches.
The fixture list has certainly not been kind to Hodgson's men. Those four games have come against Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester City and Chelsea, while they will face Liverpool once the international break comes to an end.