Manchester United's hopes of completing a January deal for Simon Kjaer have been dealt a blow after the Danish defender's agent Mikkel Beck ruled out any possibility of a transfer in January.
The 25-year-old has been linked with a host of different Premier League clubs - including Arsenal and Liverpool - but has so far resisted the temptation to push for a big-money move to England, citing his stable family lifestyle in France as an important factor that must be considered before agreeing to any potential deal.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has been credited with an interest in bringing Kjaer to Old Trafford as he looks for further reinforcements to strengthen his Manchester United defence in 2015, but judging by latest comments made by the Denmark international's representative, the Dutch coach will have to wait until the end of the season.
"Simon has achieved stability at a high level in a great league for so long that I, as an agent, find it quite natural that he be associated with some of Europe's top clubs," Beck explained in an interview with Danish publication BT.
"But, at the moment, we plan no change this winter. Things can happen earlier than next summer, but Simon can easily stay in Lille."
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The news will not only come as a blow to Manchester United, but also to fellow suitors Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers, who both have been monitoring the centre-back's situation closely in Ligue 1 as they weigh up potential bids of their own.
Arsenal are in desperate need of a new central defender after failing to successfully fill the void left by Thomas Vermaelen during the summer. The former Gunners skipper quit the Emirates to join Barcelona, and Wenger was unable to acquire a like-for-like replacement before the summer transfer deadline.
As a result, the north London club have been forced to deploy 19-year-old full-back Calum Chambers - a relatively inexperienced summer signing from Southampton - in the middle of defence at times this season, whilst also calling upon left-back Nacho Monreal to step in when either one of first-choice duo Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny have been unavailable.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have gone from bad to worse this season, despite splashing £20 million on Croatian defender Dejan Lovren. The Reds have been rubbish at the back, and under-fire goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has shouldered much of the blame for the club's leaky last line.
"The English league is one of the few leagues that is exciting for me" - Simon Kjaer
However, Rodgers is expected to re-enter the market in January in an attempt to shore up his defence, but will have to turn to alternative options now that Kjaer's agent has ruled out any possibility of departing Stade Pierre-Mauroy in the New Year.
That said, if they are willing to wait until next summer then they'll stand as good a chance as any of securing the talented stopper's services, particularly after Kjaer confirmed his admiration for the Premier League.
"I'm 25 years and my very best years of my career is in front of me, so maybe next summer could be a good time to move on, but everything must fit," he said.
"The English league is one of the few leagues that is exciting for me, but it is certainly not the case that I am completely set on England. Everything must fit perfectly. I never could make a switch just for a bigger salary, which I am very happy with in Lille."
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