Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur failed in their attempts to sign Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao this summer, according to reports.
Spanish publication AS claims that both clubs made an approach at the end of the 2011/12 season, with offers between €15 and €20 million placed on the table in-front of the Basque giants.
However, the 23-year-old former Real Zaragoza starlet was not interested in a move away from his homeland, and the club subsequently rejected the approaches.
“Liverpool and Tottenham approached Herrera at the end of last season and made offers between €15 and €20 million,” claims the paper.
“Herrera did not want to transfer and the interest ended.”
Liverpool made a number of additions to their midfield following the appointment of new manager Brendan Rodgers, with Joe Allen and Nuri Sahin the most high-profile additions.
New Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was also active in the window, with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Moussa Dembele both moving to White Hart Lane in the closing stages of August.
Herrera has a track record of niggling injury problems, which could have been a factor when both clubs gave up after their initial approach for the player. He has just under four years left on his contract at San Mames.