Tottenham have had their work permit application for American midfielder Bobby Convey rejected, ending their hopes of signing the player.
Convey in action for DC United
Spurs had agreed a deal to sign Convey from American outfit DC United after the 20-year-old impressed Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle during friendlies between the clubs in October and May.
And after Convey agreed personal terms with the Premiership team, the deal was subject to Tottenham securing a work permit.
But the application unsuccessful, Spurs have abandoned the deal.
"It's a massive disappointment because we worked very hard and put forward a good case," Hoddle told the club's official website.
"The lad would have been good for Tottenham and this will be as big a blow to him as it is to us, but we will be staying in touch."
The news is also a major disappointment for Convey, who had been looking forward to moving to the Premiership.
An international at the age of 17 when he came on as a
substitute against Mexico in 2000, Convey has been capped a
further 17 times, scoring one goal, but has not met the Department of Education and Employment criteria.
Convey was 16 when he joined DC United and became the
youngest player in MLS history to score at the age of 17 years,
10 months and 11 days.