It looked as if Oussama Assaidi was going to make his loan move to Stoke permanent. But that appears to have fallen through.
Assaidi had a relatively successful spell on loan at the Britannia Stadium last season and all parties seemed keen for a move to happen - but it looks as though Assaidi will be looking elsewhere for a club between now and the transfer deadline.
Stoke have turned to Victor Moses, who spent last season on loan from Chelsea at Liverpool but didn't make the impression he would have liked to during his time on Merseyside.
Coates is quoted in the Stoke Sentinel, saying: "We also met Liverpool's asking price on Assaidi. That deal fell down on personal terms.
"Moses has then come along and so now we have got a different sort of deal."
It has been clear for much of this summer that Assaidi's future lies firmly away from Merseyside. The Reds have strengthened significantly in the wider areas of the field - notably with signings like Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic.
Stoke's move for Victor Moses means that the chances of a move to the Potters being resurrected for Assaidi, and there hasn't been any signs of anyone willing to take a chance on him lately.
For now he will have to get himself fit at Melwood. Neither the club or manager will want him around the club doing nothing, so there's a possibility the Moroccan could have another loan spell elsewhere.