Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a baby blow in their pursuit of Barcelona superstar David Villa.
However, a move for the 85-cap international in January is not on the cards, according to The Daily Star, with Villa wanting to stay in his homeland for the birth of his third child.
“His wife is said to be expecting a boy in February, their third child. David doesn’t want to be away during that time so a move now looks very unlikely,” a source is quoted as saying in the paper.
“But David does want to leave – he is frustrated and a little sad, too. His time here hasn’t been the best.”
The paper goes on to claim that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger must pay £16 million to bring the player to the Emirates Stadium. However, it also states that the Frenchman believes he can land the former Valencia star for a fraction of that price if he remains patient.
Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are the only senior strikers currently available to the Gunners, after Marouane Chamakh left the club on loan earlier this month.
Villa would certainly add an extra dimension to the Arsenal attack if he were to join in the current transfer window, but a move no longer appears to be on the cards.
Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, were first linked with a move last week, as manager Andre Villas-Boas considers his attacking options at White Hart Lane.
Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor currently lead the line for Spurs, but options are limited in north London beyond those two senior options.
Villa would again add another option, but Tottenham Hotspur appear to be another side who will be disappointed when it comes to the Spaniard in January.