Feyenoord’s exhaustive search for a proven goalscorer appears no closer to coming to an end after apparently turning their back on a potential deal for Manchester City striker John Guidetti due to concerns over his fitness.

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guidetti bThe 22-year-old powerhouse spent a hugely successful 2011-12 campaign on loan at De Kuip, scoring 20 league goals in only 23 Eredivisie appearances for the Rotterdam-based club.

They had hoped to bring him back to Holland in order to recreate that outstanding form of three season ago, but have now pulled out due to ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Swede’s ability to stay fit.

It’s been a rocky road for the 6ft 1in striker since his season-long stint in the Netherlands, with long-term illness and other injury niggles severely hampering his progress.

He suffered with a mystery virus in 2012 that attacked his central nervous system, leaving him with temporary paralysis in his right leg. It’s an issue that threatened to bring an end to his short footballing career at the top level and still puts potential suitors off when they take a look at him as a potential signing.

A loan spell with Stoke City last campaign failed to reignite his goalscoring touch and now he appears to be in limbo with one favoured destination out of the running and seemingly no chance of a breakthrough into Manchester City’s team on the horizon.

Guidetti has been on City’s books since he was just 16-year-old, but now feels a permanent move away to pastures new is required to kick-start his stuttering career.

A £4m move to Feyenoord would have ticked all of the boxes for the youngster and allowed him the opportunity to return to a club where he enjoyed such a wonderful period in front of goal, but now it seems that mooted switch is definitely off.