Hannover president Martin Kind has told Bild that there is no chance of Liverpool-linked Lars Stindl moving before the winter window slams shut.
With an iconic figure due to depart Anfield at the end of the season, when his contract expires, Brendan Rodgers must move quickly if he wants to bring cover in and work with them over the remainder of the 2014/15 Premier League campaign.
Stindl is an experienced performer with well over 100 appearances for Hannover under his belt.
Competing on a Bundesliga stage will have served him well, as will the fact that he is club captain with his current employers.
Hannover have no intention of parting with his services, though, and have sought to play down unwelcome talk of an imminent switch elsewhere.
Kind told Bild: “I know nothing about this. There is no way we will let him go this winter.”
Stindl is under contract until 2016, so Hannover have no need to sell at this stage.
They will, however, have a decision to make in the summer as he prepares to enter the final 12 months of his deal.
It may be that Liverpool have to wait until then before making their move, with there seemingly little chance of them getting a transfer put in place on deadline day.