Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool's hopes of landing Khouma Babacar have seemingly been dashed, after the Fiorentina striker's agent confirmed to Italian radio media outlet Radio Sportiva that he plans to stay with the Serie A side.
Babacar has made a blistering start to the season, scoring four goals from seven appearances in the top flight, with a further goal coming in the Europa League. Nevertheless, talkSPORT have suggested previously that he may be available during the upcoming transfer window, with Premier League interest mounting.
However, Patrick Bastianelli has moved to end any rumours about his client's future.
"Babacar signed a new contract in the summer and has since demonstarted his love for the club," he explained to Radio Sportiva.
"His goal right now is to climb up the squad’s hierarchy and convince coach Paulo Sousa to find space for him on the field.
"Fiorentina want him and he wants to remain," he added.
The news is arguably more likely to disappoint Mauricio Pochettino rather than Jurgen Klopp. While Harry Kane has now rediscovered his best form, an injury to the England forward would severely weaken the club's hopes of securing a place in the Premier League's top four.
Meanwhile, the Reds have the likes of Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge in their ranks, while Roberto Firmino proved that he is capable of leading the line in the Premier League with an excellent display during the recent victory over Manchester City.