Tottenham failed in a last minute attempt to sign Demba Ba on a season-long loan from Chelsea on deadline day, according to the Metro.
Andre Villas-Boas is believed to have made an approach with merely an hour to go last night, but was foiled as the window slammed shut before any deal could be done.
The Spurs boss was no doubt looking to add to his attacking options, with Roberto Soldado and Jermaine Defoe looking light on cover. Despite an agreement reportedly having been reached between Tottenham and Chelsea, it is believed that the necessary paper work took too long to thrash out in order to seal the move.
Ba had been followed closely by Arsenal, who made an approach earlier in the day only to be rebuffed for being 'title-rivals', as well as former clubs West Ham and Newcastle. Spurs however were the only club to have come to an agreement with Chelsea, and had accepted to pay the £5million fee the Blues were asking for.
The 28-year-old Senegalese striker is thought be assessing his options as he is anticipating limited playing time under Jose Mourinho, particularly in wake of the arrival of Samuel Eto'o from Anzhi.