Liverpool have been dealt a decisive blow in their pursuit of Nigerian international defender Taye Taiwo.
The AC Milan full back was heavily linked with a move to Anfield in the summer transfer window, with Kenny Dalglish thought to be tracking the player before a move to AC Milan in May.
Despite the recent nature of the move, speculation has persisted that a move away from the San Siro could take place in the New Year, forcing agent Fabio Parisi to dismiss the claims.
“I saw him at the end of the match and he was very happy. The fans gave him an extra push. Let’s hope that he gets a chance to prove himself because the more he plays, the more he will believe," said Parisi.
“As for his future, he is definitely staying at Milan.”
A return to Ligue 1 has been mooted, whilst Liverpool are believed to be keen on adding a defender in the transfer window, with Ghanaian international Samuel Inkoom claiming he's close to joining the club.
After failing to secure Taiwo's services before the season began, Dalglish turned Liverpool attentions to Jose Enrique, bringing the Spaniard to Merseyside and solving the left-back conundrum at the club.
However, the Reds lack depth in position, and one of the African pair could join the ranks at Liverpool to provide competition for places under the stewardship of 'King Kenny'.