Liverpool appear to have lost out in the battle to sign Glyfi Sigurdsson, with the Icelandic midfielder instead joining Spurs.
Various reports in Germany claim a deal has been done between Hoffenheim and Tottenham – despite the London club not currently having a manager.
BBC Sport journalist Ben Smith wrote on twitter this morning “Hoffenheim had an agent in England yesterday, he flew back to Germany pm. If a deal has been done, almost certain it’s not LFC.”
Up until now, a deal with Liverpool appeared to be a formality, with Sigurdsson’s strong relationship with Brendan Rodgers a huge lure for the player who spent last season on loan at Swansea with Rodgers. However, it now seems Spurs have outbid Liverpool and offered the player a better deal.
If indeed these reports are confirmed, and it looks like they will, it is a bitter blow to Rodgers’ summer signing plans.
The fee for Sigurdsson is around 10m euros.
UPDATE: Spurs and Hoffenheim have agreed a 10m euro fee, but are yet to agree personal terms with Sigurdsson.