According to the Sunday People Sport, Tottenham Hotspur were frantic in their attempts to sell long-serving winger Aaron Lennon on transfer deadline day.
A switch to fellow Premier League outfit Queens Park Rangers seemed most likely for the 27-year-old, although he rejected an offer as the deadline approached. Matt Law, of the Telegraph, claims that the player called off a move with just 15 minutes of the transfer window remaining.
The R's had agreed a loan deal with Spurs and were confident that Lennon would move to Loftus Road, but at around 10.45pm on Monday evening, the player decided to stay put. This move would have seen him reunited with former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, the man who experienced the winger at the peak of his form.
Reports suggest that Mark Hughes's Stoke City were also interested in the player's services, following a summer-long chase.
The decision to axe Lennon signified a dramatic fall from grace, considering four years ago he was a key part of the set-up for both club and country. Following a move from Leeds United to Spurs in 2005, he was selected in the England squad for the Germany World Cup just a year later.
At an early age his career appeared to be blossoming, but to the dismay of the Spurs faithful, he has never lived up to his suggested potential. With two seasons still to run on his contract, the North London club seemed keen to shift him off their wage bill.
Lennon became Tottenham's longest-serving current player following the sale of Michael Dawson, and he now has more than a decade of Premier League experience. But while his knowledge is invaluable, considering the youthful nature of the Mauricio Pochettino's squad, it wasn't enough for the head coach to value him as a player worth retaining.
The Argentine seemingly favours Andros Townsend, having refused a number of lucrative offers for the 23-year-old during the summer transfer window.