Tottenham have seen their bid to sign Antonio Rudiger collapse after Chelsea blocked the move, Football Insider understands.
As detailed by this site earlier on Monday, Spurs had been hopeful of striking a deal with their Premier League rivals for the 27-year-old after they failed in their efforts to sign Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan.
However, a recruitment source has told Football Insider that Chelsea have pulled the plug on letting the Germany international joining either Tottenham or his other suitors AC Milan.
Spurs, who have been in the market for a new centre-back all window, were understood to be confident of getting a deal done for Rudiger in the mid-afternoon of deadline day.
They had turned to try and prise the former Stuttgart star after they refused to meet Inter Milan’s £40million demands for Skriniar following a number of bids.
The Lilywhites were hopeful the Chelsea defender would be allowed to leave after his fall down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
Rudiger has not featured once under Frank Lampard this season and has been left out of all but one of the Blues’ six matchday squads so far.
However, it is understood Chelsea have decided not to let the 31-cap international leave ahead of the 11pm deadline in what will be a blow to Jose Mourinho’s hopes of recruiting a new central defender.
Mourinho has already added Sergio Reguilon and Matt Doherty to his ranks at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with a total of six new faces through the door in north London.