Tottenham have failed in a late move for Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, as they hoped to bolster their midfield late in the January transfer window.
The Saints are reluctant to let their skipper depart and want to keep hold of him until at least the summer, making any move to the north London extremely unlikely - in January at least.
The Danish international has featured in all but one of Southampton's Premier League games in 2019/20 and remains a crucial part of manager Ralph Hasenhüttl's plans as he seeks to keep his side in England's top flight for a ninth successive season.
As reported by the Daily Star, Tottenham had been weighing up a deadline day swoop for Hojbjerg but have been knocked back in their pursuit as he is deemed as indispensable on the south coast. Everton are also said to have an interest in the player, but neither side are yet to make any formal contact.
The 24-year-old signed for Southampton in 2016 from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich for a fee of around £13.5m and has since made 97 appearances, scoring four goals, including a memorable half-volley stunner against Brighton last season.
Hojbjerg has represented the Denmark national side on 26 occasions since 2014, and has had experience in the Champions League, winning the competition with Bayern Munich in 2013.
With 18 months left on his current deal, it remains unknown whether he would like to commit his long-term future to Southampton, and speculation about a move elsewhere will certainly provide the midfielder with something to think about.
Tottenham have already signed Giovani Lo Celso on a permanent deal this month and have boosted their attacking ranks with the recent addition of Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven.
As previously revealed by 90min, Spurs have also been linked with a move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud and it is still possible that he could make the short move to north London before the close of the window.