Manchester City reportedly rejected an offer from Liverpool proposing the swap of Carlos Tevez for the much maligned Andy Carroll.
Tevez is seemingly set to leave the Etihad Stadium during the January transfer window, and both Milan clubs have been leading the race for his signature.
But, according to The Observer, Liverpool had also been interested in signing the Argentine, and offered Carroll in exchange for the 27-year-old.
However, City immediately rebuffed the idea of a straight swap involving Carroll when a Liverpool representative made the suggestion on Thursday.
Carroll has yet to complete a year at Anfield, having made the £35 million move to Liverpool on deadline day of January last year.
The 23-year-old has failed to live up to expectation since his transfer from Newcastle, and has scored only six goals for Kenny Dalglish's side.
Carroll has also been linked with a move back to St James' Park, but these rumours have been dismissed by Newcastle.