Tottenham Hotspur look set to miss out on one of their long-term transfer targets this summer, with the agent of Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra confirming to AS, as quoted by talkSPORT, that the player will be staying at the French club.
Spurs have been linked with a move for the former Arsenal and Chelsea man since the middle of last season, with speculation having risen and fallen on numerous occasions over the past few months.
The latest report of their interest emerged earlier this week, with Manchester United also being cited as having an interest in the France international.
However, it appears as if a return to England is no longer on the cards for the 31-year-old if the recently-published comments from his agent, Farag Hatem, are to be believed.
Hatem has disclosed that Diarra has rejected an offer from Spanish side Valencia and Turkish giants Galatasaray, but he midfielder has decided that his future lies with Marseille for the time being.
"He thinks it is better now for him to stay at Marseille for personal reasons of motivation. We have also received an offer from Galatasaray, but he prefers to stay in his current club."
Those comments should put to rest any lingering speculation that either Spurs or United could make a move for the man who won back-to-back FA Cups with first Chelsea and then Portsmouth in 2007 and 2008.