Liverpool's bid to sign Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka is close to collapsing, with the player's agent revealing that the move is is "very unlikely" to take place this evening and the Ukraine club's owner Ihor Kolomoyski not in any rush to sell the 24-year-old.
"We have a very good relationship with the president and he doesn't want to sell the player," agent Oliver Cabrera said.
"Yehven and his father respect that so a move is very unlikely."
Former Arsenal and Ukraine defender Oleg Luzhny had earlier cast doubt over Konoplyanka's ability to settle in the Premier League.
"When you play in the Ukraine, you can afford not to run," Luzhny said.
"In the match against France, it was evident that Konoplyanka barely runs at all. Konoplyanka is a good player, but he is suited to Spain or Italy, not England.
"I don’t think the English league is right for him. The game in England is totally different - it’s about power. You have to run back and forth, back and forth.
"You run at speed up and down, and it’s like that for 90 minutes."
Spurs, rumoured to be in contention to sign the Ukrainian, have since pulled out of the race.
When asked what percentage he would put on them signing anyone before the Friday night 11pm deadline, the Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood said: "Zero."
"Daniel (Levy) asked if I want to strengthen in this area or need any help, but I'm confident with the players we've got," he revealed.
"I don't need anyone else, thank you very much."
Reds managing director Ian Ayre has been in Ukraine for a number of days hoping to broker a deal for Dnipro's 24-year-old playmaker and believed he was close to concluding the transfer until Tottenham entered the race.
If the Reds are to succeed, they will need to part with at least £15m.
Konoplyanka is rumoured to earn in the region of £100,000-a-week and talks were ongoing with the Ukrainian club, who are bankrolled by billionaire owner Kolomoyskyi.
Rodgers is especially keen to sign the midfielder after missing out on Mohamed Salah to Chelsea last week and has ordered Ayre to prioritise the deal above everything else.
"There is no update yet," Rodgers said. There is obviously an interest in the player, but there is no update.
"We'll see how it evolves. It is obviously a little complicated, but the staff that are over there have done brilliant work in terms of giving us every chance to get a player.
"So we will just have to see how that develops over the course of the day.
"It has all happened very quickly. Obviously the timeline on everything makes it tight."
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Liverpool - January transfer targets
Liverpool - January transfer targets
1/13 Yevhen Konoplyanka - Ukrainian international winger who impressed against England in recent World Cup qualifiers. Happy playing on either flank.
2/13 Javier Pastore - Very impressive and highly rated as a youngster, the Argentine international's career has stalled slightly since his £40m move to PSG. With the French club pursuing Juan Mata, a move to Liverpool could help Pastore get his career back on track and secure his World Cup place. For Liverpool it looks like they could secure some top quality reinforcement fairly reasonably.
3/13 Will Hughes - Derby's teenage midfielder has been consistently linked with a move to Anfield. However despite Brendan Rodgers' penchant for nurturing young talent, the Liverpool manager has so far denied he will be making a move.
Liverpool are interested in Derby midfielder Will Hughes
4/13 Michu - Last season's sensation has suffered slightly from second season syndrome but nevertheless he remains an excellent player. The Spaniard recently expressed an interest in playing at a higher level, could his signing help Liverpool secure a precious Champions League spot?
5/13 Hakan Calhanoglu - Hamburg's young star has also attracted the attention of Arsenal but with the London side packed with a surfeit of high-profile attacking midfielders, Liverpool might prove an easier place for the Turk to establish himself.
6/13 Danny Ings - With Rodgers looking to reinforce his SAS strike partnership, England U21 international Ings could be in line for a January move. The Burnley hitman has 12 league goals so far this season.
7/13 Jorginho - With Liverpool wanting to ease the strain on ageing skipper Steven Gerrard, Verona's Brazilian Jorginho could be the man to make the move to Anfield with a rumoured £15m transfer.
8/13 Claudio Marchisio - With Juventus' early Champions League exit meaning the midfielder could be on his way out in order to recoup some money, Liverpool could swoop to pick up a classy long term alternative for Gerrard.
9/13 Konstaninos Mitroglou - The Olympiakos striker's exploits this season have alerted not only Arsenal but also Liverpool to a possible January move. Would help take the strain off Suarez.
10/13 Ivan Rakitic - The Sevilla man may have a rather off-putting €40m release clause but that allegedly hasn't put off Liverpool who are still keen on the Croatian.
11/13 Salomon Rondon - Reportedly a Liverpool target when Suarez's exit from the club seemed inevitable, Rondon could be on his way out at Rubin Kazan and Liverpool may well renew their interest in the forward.
12/13 Ola Toivonen - The Swede is available on a free in the summer but Rodgers is said to be hopeful of taking him on loan before then. His versatility could prove handy at Anfield.
13/13 Kevin Volland - Liverpool are said to be one of five Premier League clubs after the young winger whose performances in the Bundesliga have impressed.