Liverpool have reportedly missed out on Ajax starlet Ricardo Kishna, according to reports.
The Reds had been in contact with the player's representatives over a potential move to Anfield, but publication Algemeen Dagblad is now claiming that the Eredivisie outfit have fended off the interest from England.
Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli have been monitoring the player for some time now, with agent Wessel Weezenberg confirming in March that Liverpool were interested in bringing the player to their academy.
"That's not really news. Ricardo is a special talent," said Weezenberg at the time.
The Godenzonen have reportedly convinced the player that his development is better served in Holland, and a three-year deal is reportedly being prepared for the player to sign to keep Kishna out of the grasps of Liverpool.
Since the arrival of Comolli as director of football, the Merseysiders have made a conscious effort to bring attacking young talent to the club in an effort to build for the future of Liverpool.
Kishna, a winger who can also play up-front, would have joined the likes of Suso, Raheem Sterling and Adam Morgan at the club, but Liverpool will have to take their youth talent search elsewhere after this battle was won by the Amsterdam Arena outfit.