Swansea's pursuit of Joe Allen may be an exercise in futility with Stoke City refusing to entertain offers for the Wales midfielder.
According to Sky Sports, Stoke have directly informed Allen's former club that he will remain with the Potters beyond this window, indicating that the player himself is happy and settled in Mark Hughes' first-team.
Allen helped establish Swansea as a Premier League side before scoring a lucrative move to Liverpool. He spent four years at Anfield before joining Stoke last summer, going on to have one of the finest seasons of his career.
Stoke boss Hughes had appeared to pour cold water over any potential deal, too, saying that Allen is simply not for sale.
"My understanding is there was a tentative inquiry and that was it.
"We rebuffed that, didn't give it any encouragement whatsoever, and that's where we are with that one, not for sale."