Liverpool and Inter Milan both wanted to sign Balazs Dzsudzsak from Dynamo Moscow in the January transfer window, according to the player's agent.
Sky Sports reports how the 26-year-old attacking midfielder had been heavily linked with a move away from Russia last month, with England and Italy both identified as potential destinations.
Dzsudzsak only moved to Moscow from Anzhi Makhachkala in January 2012, but after an indifferent first 12 months with the club, was reportedly open to a move to western Europe.
Brendan Rodgers tried to strengthen his Liverpool squad by bringing the Hungarian international to Anfield, only to find his intentions held up by Dynamo, who were reluctant to let the winger leave.
"Inter, along with Liverpool, wanted to see Balazs in their squad," confirmed Dzsudzsak's representative Jozsef Voroshbani, in an interview with a Russian daily. "The Italians were ready to sign Dzsudzsak, but Dynamo wouldn't let go of the player.
"My client really likes it in Moscow, but he has a desire to try his hand in one of the top European leagues. I hope that in the summer, Dynamo will look at any details that arrive in a proposal for the player."
Liverpool hoped to take Dzsudzsak on loan initially but that agreement did not suit the Russian Premier League side, while Inter pushed hard for the player to no avail on transfer deadline day, after allowing Philippe Coutinho to leave the San Siro and move to Merseyside.