Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of striker Diego Forlan.
The Uruguayan international has emerged as one of the top January targets at White Hart Lane, with Spurs boss Harry Redknapp traveling the Spanish capital to scout the player first hand.
Redknapp was reportedly keen to add the player to his attacking crop in north London, with Forlan eyed as a player who could help Spurs challenge in the Champions League and maintain their position towards the top of the Barclays Premier League.
A former Manchester United player, Forlan impressed during his time with Villarreal and La Liga rivals Atletico would purchase the player for €21 million in 2007.
Partnering Sergio Aguero, the 31-year-old has produced an impressive return at the Vicente Calderón Stadium which has led to speculation of a move away from the club.
Spurs have been heavily linked with a move this month as Forlan's contract talks have stalled, although Redknapp has been unable to free additional funds for the move after failing to sell Robbie Keane.
The Irish international has been close to a Tottenham Hotspur exit on a number of occasions, but for various reasons an exit was never completed.
It's thought that Spurs will have to wait until the summer if they wish to move again for Forlan, when the veteran will open up contract talks again with Los Rojiblancos.
Tottenham Hotspur are likely to be monitoring the situation closely.