Wantaway Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric's hopes of a move to Chelsea this season appear to be over after Andre Villas-Boas announced a renewed January bid is unlikely.
Croatia international Modric was keen to move to Stamford Bridge and was at the centre of a tug of war throughout the summer, as Chelsea failed in a number of bids.
Tottenham always maintained the stance they did not want to sell and chairman Daniel Levy was under no immediate pressure due to the insurance of the player's long-term contract.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp claimed Chelsea failed with a top offer of £40million for Modric shortly before transfer deadline day.
And, after the unsuccessful summer pursuit, Villas-Boas is not expecting to return with an approach to Tottenham in the winter.
Questioned on the subject ahead of Saturday's trip to Sunderland, the Chelsea boss said: "No I don't think so. The market is closed and I won't speculate what happens in January."
He also revealed a move for Porto defender Alvaro Pereira failed to materialise because Chelsea could not agree fee.
Villas-Boas said: "We were very far from meeting Porto's demands for Alvaro. I am happy with Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand."