Manager Harry Redknapp admits Tottenham are unlikely to land South African midfielder Steven Pienaar this summer.
Spurs have been linked with the Everton man, who has just represented the host nation at this year's South African World Cup and has a year left on his contract at Goodison Park.
And although Redknapp admits he is a fan of the tricky 28-year-old, Everton are keen to keep hold of the £2million signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2008.
"I like Pienaar, don't get me wrong," said the Spurs boss.
"But there is nothing there. I wouldn't see that as being a real goer."
Redknapp also confirmed he is still hoping to sign out-of-contract England midfielder Joe Cole this summer.
Cole's Chelsea deal expired at the end of the season and Arsenal and Liverpool are also thought to be interested in the 28-year-old.
But Redknapp has revealed that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is in talks with the midfielder's representatives.
"We're interested in Joe," he said.
"I know Daniel was talking to his people and we're interested. If the chairman can pull a deal off I'd love to have him at Tottenham.
"But it all comes down to if we can do a deal. I don't get involved in the financial side - the chairman can do that with Joe's people.
"Hopefully there is a deal that can be done because we would love him at White Hart Lane."
Spurs pipped Manchester City for fourth spot last season and a place in the Champions League.
But Redknapp warned a repeat this term would be a tall order given City are again splashing the cash this summer, with Liverpool star Fernando Torres a reported target.
"It's going to be even harder to make the top four, that's for definite," he added.
"Manchester City could quite easily win the Premier League. If they get the players in now, they've already got the nucleus of a good team.
"They're in for Torres, and if they end up getting him and one or two others then they can do anything. It's going to make it more difficult."