Tottenham are yet to clinch a deal for Vincent Janssen.
Netherlands' Vincent Janssen in action with England's John Stones
Tottenham have been pursuing Vincent Janssen over the last month but they remain no closer to clinching a deal, much to the striker's frustration.
AZ Alkmaar director Max Huiberts told Noordhollands Dagblad this week that he has 'heard nothing' from the club since rejecting their previous offer.
Vincent Janssen scores the first goal for the Netherlands from the penalty spot
Janssen is reported to be Tottenham's top target, and he is certainly keen on a move, but there is no guarantee they will pull it off.
If Tottenham are unsuccessful in negotiating a fee with AZ, then there is one positive takeaway, even if it would be small consolation.
That positive spin would be focused on the fact Janssen is so desperate to join the North London club.
The Dutch international met with Tottenham in London early last month, De Telegraaf reported, and has been under their spell since.
He has spoken in the Dutch press about his frustration at the fact a deal has not been clinched, amid his desire to join Spurs, rebuffing interest from West Ham, Wolfsburg and even PSG.
This shows that Tottenham did a fine job selling themselves to the striker, and given the opportunity to speak to another forward they covet, they should be confident of similar results.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
There of course will be inquests into why they have been unable to do a deal; was it down to a lack of money, simply not valuing Janssen in accordance with AZ, or a botched negotiating strategy?
Yet the fact the striker was so keen openly to join the club bodes well, providing they do not leave it until transfer deadline day to find out they have been unsuccessful.
Vincent Janssen celebrates with Georginio Wijnaldum after scoring the first goal for the Netherlands from the penalty spot