Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits that there is little chance of the club signing Blackpool winger Thomas Ince before the January transfer window closes.
The Reds boss has been keen on bringing the starlet back to Anfield, the 21-year-old having scored 15 goals in 27 apperances for Michael Appleton's side so far this season.
"It will be difficult. I don't think there'll be any more coming in," Rodgers told the post-match press conference after his team's 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday night.
"If Tom stays at Blackpool [in this window] it doesn't mean he will never come to Liverpool.
"We could've done the deal but it looks too complicated at this stage. It's about affordability as well."
Liverpool are believed to have tabled an offer of £6 million for the highly rated winger but the bid falls short of the Seasiders' valuation of the player.
Premier League strugglers Reading have also made an attempt to snap up the youngster, with Brian McDermott hoping the lure of first-team football will convince Ince to move to the Madejski Stadium.