Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are set to miss out on reported Italian international target Giuseppe Rossi.
The 23-year-old forward had limited opportunities during his time with Premier League giants Manchester United, but has enjoyed success in pastures new with Villareal. Liverpool were linked with the player a few years back, and again this summer by a number of national newspapers.
After joining the Red Devils as a promising teenager in 2005, Rossi was loaned out to Newcastle United and Parma before being sold to the Yellow Submarine in 2007 for a fee in the region of €10 million.
Since joining the La Liga club, Rossi has featured 125 times in all competitions and scored an impressive 47 goals thus far. This form alerted a string of clubs in the Premier League and Europe, including Liverpool.
International recognition also followed for the player after his Spanish switch, and Rossi has earned 16 caps to date for Italy after making his debut in 2008.
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson was keen on signing the player in the summer in a bid to strengthen his attacking options at Anfield, according to the Daily Mail, but the player has stated a desire to return to his homeland if he leave his current club.
"I hope to return to Italy in January. Any team will be fine, we will just have to see what happens," said Rossi.
"The most important thing, I repeat, is that I come back to the Italian championship."
A move to Merseyside would have been controversial for the former United player, although the poor start to the season by Liverpool suggests they could have done with the extra firepower.
Depending on the change in the plight of Liverpool, Hodgson could still attempt to prize the player to the Premier League once again when the transfer window reopens in January.