Samuel Eto'o has rejected the opportunity to sign for Ajax, after the deadline for any agreement with the Dutch club expired yesterday, reports the Daily Mail.
After much deliberation over the move, he was given a deadline of 6pm on Wednesday by Marc Overmars, director of football affairs at Ajax, but is believed to of turned down the opportunity.
Eto'o, who has been linked with several clubs across the globe, is believed to be holding out for a return to the Premier League, with Liverpool and Everton linked with the Cameroonian strikers signature.
Any move to the red side of Merseyside for Eto'o currently rests on wether they can lure Radamel Falcao from Monaco.
After seemingly turning down a move to Anfield, renewed speculation suggests that the Columbian striker could still head to the club in the form of a pricey season long loan, however it still remains clear he would prefer a move to Real Madrid.
Liverpool have already signed Rickie Lamber and Divock Origi this summer, although the latter will be loaned back to his former club Lille.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admitted to the club website that he still wants to improve his squad before the end of the summer window.
An injury to Daniel Sturridge would leave new arrival Lambert as their owner out-and-out striker, which would be an obvious concern.
"'We would still like to do some business," said Rodgers.
"Across the board we still want to add a little bit more depth to what we have."
Eto'o, who scored nine goals in his single season at Chelsea, would be a cheaper alternative to Falcao, who would command a £10million loan fee.
Everton however, will be hoping to add the three time African footballer of the year to their ranks, after already securing the services of Romelu Lukaku.