Dinamo Moscow winger Balazs Dzsudzsak has revealed his club would not allow him to complete a move to Liverpool during the January window, but he remains hopeful of a summer transfer.
While it seemed the entire footballing world knew about Liverpool's interest in Daniel Sturridge and Tom Ince, and while even the relatively secretive move for Inter's Philippe Coutinho became public knowledge well before its completion, not every one of the club's January endeavours was quite so widely known.
One name that was given very little play at the time was Hungarian winger Balazs Dzsudzsak, currently plying his trade for Dinamo Moscow of the Russian Premier League. However, with the window now closed, Dinamo's sporting director has revealed that they turned down Liverpool's approach for the 26-year-old.
"We received an offer from Liverpool for a loan deal but not for a permanent deal," said Dinamo sporting director Dmitry Galyamin. "Loaning is not an option for us so we finished the discussions immediately."
It might be easy to assume Liverpool's interest in the player was brief, an inquiry dismissed out of hand before the club moved on to other targets. The player's public disappointment earlier this week, though, paints a rather different picture.
"I am staying but it wasn't up to me," was Dzsudzsak's take on the matter when he spoke to the Hungarian press following the close of the transfer window. "Dinamo didn't let me go, not even to Liverpool. I can't say any more because it is not my position to do so."
"I am not that disappointed. What I couldn't do during the winter transfer window can be done in the summer. It's also a nice feeling that in Moscow they have faith in me."
Dzsudzsak first came to prominence in the Eredivise, where he scored 44 goals in 114 league appearances for PSV Eindhoven between 2008 and 2011. After moving to Russia in 2011, the player has struggled to make an impact first with Anzhi Makhachkala and now with Dinamo after making a €19M switch last January.