Once viewed as the natural successor to playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme in the Argentina national team, Ever Banega will not be heading to the Premier League any time soon after sealing a move from Valencia to fellow La Liga side Sevilla.
The 26-year-old has moved to the Andalusian club in a deal that extinguishes any lingering hope that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino or Southampton’s Ronald Koeman may have had.
Spurs looked desperately shorn of confidence in midfield against West Ham at the weekend and while the Lilywhites picked up all three points at Upton Park, in truth they were fortunate to come up against a Hammers side in similarly poor form.
Banega could have added some extra class and composure to the Tottenham team, despite the White Lane club boasting an abundance of players in that particular area of the pitch.
A couple of months ago a move to the Premier League club had looked a possibility too, with the 26-year-old eager to quit Valencia and open to the idea of moving to England.
Pochettino would have been all too aware of the Argentine’s talents, having kept close tabs on his performances for La Albiceleste and also in La Liga.
Southampton, meanwhile, were also thought to be keen on bringing Banega to St Mary’s following the mass exodus of players from the South Coast club.
The Saints started their campaign with a 2-1 loss to Liverpool and while Koeman’s team put in a largely positive display, they remain short on numbers ahead of the new campaign.
Koeman is thought to be a keen admirer of Banega, having brought to playmaker to Spain following his ill-fated spell as manager of Valencia in a €20 million move, while Sunderland were also linked with a surprise bid for the player.
But with all three sides missing out on the South American following confirmation of his Sevilla switch, it seems the hunt for midfield reinforcements will continue elsewhere.
Here's Banega at his best for Valencia - did Tottenham and Southampton miss a trick?