Tottenham Hotspur appear to have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of midfielder David Beckham.
The former England international captain has been the subject of intense transfer debate in recent months, with Spurs, QPR, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain all linked with moves for the LA Galaxy superstar.
However, reports on the BBC website claim PSG have held a telephone conversation with the midfielder's representatives, although formal talks between the two parties are yet to take place.
The news will come as a blow to Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp, who has admitted he's keen to bring the player back to White Hart Lane after a successful training spell with the club in January.
Insurance issues prevented Spurs from securing the players services on a loan basis at the time, but with his MLS contract set to expire in December, hope was high in north London that a permanent deal could now be struck.
"I was so impressed with David as a person, as a player. He was fantastic to have around the club, a class act. The problem I'd have is that David would want to play regularly and I couldn't guarantee him that at this stage," said the Spurs boss.
"It's difficult: I have Aaron Lennon coming back, Rafael van der Vaart playing off the right. I have lots of options. I could play Gareth Bale on one side and Luka Modric on the other. Sandro is also looking like he could end up a top player. Then there's Scott Parker.
"So to bring David in and not play him would be a problem."
Reports in France claim Beckham's representatives have already begun a house hunt in Paris, although that is yet to be confirmed, and until a contract is signed, Tottenham Hotspur will maintain hope of an improbable deal.