Liverpool have been dealt a decisive blow in their pursuit of Wigan Athletic striker Hugo Rodallega.
The Colombian international has been linked with a Barclays Premier League switch this summer, with Kenny Dalglish thought to be keen on bringing the 26-year-old to Anfield.
However, Latics boss Roberto Martinez has quashed rumours that the former Necaxa striker could be making a move to Merseyside in the closing stages of the transfer window.
"We would not consider anything," Martinez is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror.
"You can't replace players at this stage of the season. If a player is moving on for big money they have to go earlier in the summer. We would not be in a position to replace him now. It is not possible."
ESPN cite reports claiming the Liverpool manager is willing to test the resolve of Martinez in the coming days, with Dalglish hoping to capitalise on the player's current contract, which runs out in less than 12 months.
However, the Reds may have to take their search elsewhere if they are to add to the summer signings made already. Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Alexander Doni have all joined Liverpool in recent months, with the club spending big in an effort to return to the top four.
Despite adding Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll in January, the Liverpool boss is still keen to add a further striker to the ranks, but will have to look elsewhere with Rodallega set to stay at the DW Stadium.
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