English outfit Tottenham Hotspur have been told by AS Roma to forget about signing star midfielder Miralem Pjanic in the January transfer window.
Spurs lodged a bid for the Bosnian international in the summer, and the player admitted the link was flattering, but it was rebuffed with immediate effect.
New manager Andre Villas-Boas feels the need of buying a quality central midfielder in the side, after losing Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart to Real Madrid and Hamburg respectively in the summer. Ahead of Spurs’ Rome trip to play Lazio, the London based club approached the doors of their cross town rivals for Pjanic again with an improved offer in the region of £12m but Roma are refusing to enter into any sort of negotiation for their star midfielder at the moment.
Pjanic’s agent, Michele Gerbino said as quoted in The Mirror: “It is difficult to see Miralem moving during the season but we will look at the sums at the end of the season.”
The 22-year-old joined Roma in the summer of 2011 for a reported fee of 11m Euros and has scored five goals for the Italian side in 37 league appearances. However, despite putting some brilliant performances this season, he has come under harsh criticisms from manager Zdenek Zeman.