When January started, most fans felt certain Liverpool would make one major attacking signing, and likely early in the transfer window. Julian Brandt, Christian Pulisic, Quicy Promes. The names linked with a move to join Jürgen Klopp at Anfield were significant.
As the weeks passed, though, rather than gathering pace, that transfer talk faded. New contracts were signed, potential deals stalled, and players committed to their current clubs. And if there was any hope of a late move for Quincy Promes, at least, that hope now appears gone.
“I never thought about other clubs,” Promes insisted today when asked by Sport-Express about rumours of him moving to Liverpool in January. “Never. People talked about that, said some things, but I never knew anything about it. I just know that I play for Spartak.
“The people who are close to me know this. I talked with [Georginio Wijnaldum], of course, but not about Liverpool. We are just friends. Everyone who knows me knows where my thoughts are, and fans of the club know. Now is not the time to go from Spartak.”
It seems something of a stretch, perhaps, that a Liverpool move never came up in his talks with Wijnaldum, which at the time most believed were a clear signal Promes was a Liverpool target. Even if that’s true, though, being a target doesn’t mean a deal is inevitable.
And clearly, in this case, if Promes was a target, any January move for him proved too difficult to make happen. If there is to be a late scramble to sign an attacker before the transfer window closes, at this point it seems safe to say that scramble won’t be for Promes.