The agent of Utrecht striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has admitted the player’s broken collarbone has ruled out any chance of a move in January.
Van Wolfswinkel’s agent had previously gone on record urging certain clubs to make their move and bring him to the Barclays Premier League.
Liverpool and Tottenham, though, feared the injury suffered during Utrecht’s Europa League draw at Anfield would scupper any chances they had of landing him.
Those fears seem to have been realised today when his agent, Louis Laros, revealed the 21-year-old’s broken collarbone means he will end the season in Holland.
Laros said: “There have been calls and contacts, but not any concrete offers. Ricky likes the English soccer and Liverpool or Spurs would be very important options.”
Liverpool have been on the look out for a partner to ease the goalscoring burden off Fernando Torres’ shoulders and would have been confident of pulling off a deal for van Wolfswinkel.
The Dutchman impressed against Liverpool despite having little service and then suffering a devastating injury in an innocuous-looking challenge.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp had tried to scupper any hopes Liverpool had of agreeing a deal by bringing him to White Hart Lane.
However, it seems more likely Tottenham will end up signing Luis Suarez from Ajax instead – another player Liverpool had reportedly been interested in.