Loic Remy's transfer from Liverpool to QPR could be resurrected, despite the west London side's fury over claims from Anfield that the £10.5million switch has collapsed.
Rangers still consider the deal is on and are also annoyed that the news leaked out from Merseyside yesterday afternoon, according to the Daily Mirror.
The move is understood to have hit the rocks over Remy’s failure to pass a stringent medical, but further tests are planned on the France international today.
The 27-year-old striker – desperate to move to Liverpool to play Champions League football – was due to sign a four-year contract following a week of negotiations.
But the Reds pulled the plug yesterday and then declined to give a specific reason when they arrived in Chicago for last night’s game against Olympiakos.
Remy was on loan at Newcastle last season and missed almost a month at the back end of the campaign with a calf problem. But the issue is seen at Anfield as far more serious than that relatively minor injury.
He had flown to Boston for his medical and to discuss terms on an £80,000-a-week contract. But as the Liverpool squad moved on to Chicago as part of their pre-season tour, he returned home.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers said: “It's very simple. We made a decision as a club not to go ahead with the deal,” said Rodgers. “It's unfortunate for the player that it's happened before and it's happening on this occasion.
“We're obviously disappointed for the player but there's nothing more to be said, we have to move on and look at other targets.”
Remy now faces the prospect of missing out on his European dream and rejoining QPR.