Liverpool are favourites to sign Yevhen Konoplyanka after Tim Sherwood said Tottenham would have no more involvement in the January transfer window.
The two Premier League sides were competing for the Ukraine international winger, as reported by Dave Filmer of Metro, but Sherwood says Tottenham are not in the market for anyone.
Broadcaster and pundit Stan Collymore confirmed the news:
Spurs. No business in or out for the remainder of the window.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) January 31, 2014
Sky Sports reporter Jamie Weir was also present:
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had previously spoken about his hopes of completing a major signing before deadline day after missing out on Mohamed Salah to Chelsea, as reported by BBC Sport's Phil McNulty:
"We are working together and hopefully we can have a major signing in before the window closes," the Reds boss said.
However, Tottenham looked to be joining the race to sign the player before withdrawing their interest. Tottenham are well-stocked in midfield but lack a senior striker, following the sale of Jermain Defoe to Toronto.
That leaves Spurs with just Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor as senior strikers as they look to achieve Champions League qualification by finishing in the top four.
Konoplyanka would have added another dimension to the Tottenham team, as an established international, and he would fit well into Sherwood's preferred 4-4-2 system.
In the Mirror, Eliot Rothwell profiles the versatile player and says he will suit Liverpool's style:
As a pacey, agile winger, capable of filling each of the three attacking midfield roles in the now ubiquitous 4-2-3-1, Liverpool might hope Konoplyanka is their Mohammed Salah, after failing to make Salah their actual Salah.
But he would also have served a purpose at Tottenham and helped them to edge Liverpool out in the hunt for fourth place.
Come May, if Liverpool finish above Tottenham due to the form of Konoplyanka, Sherwood may have some answering to do.