Harry Redknapp has given up hope of signing Brede Hangeland in the January transfer window claiming that Fulham do not want to sanction any deal.
The centre back, though, has yet to sign a new contract at the club and, as the saga rumbles on, it is looking increasingly unlikely that Hangeland will stay at the club beyond the summer.
With his current deal expiring at the end of the season, QPR manager Redknapp thought he may well be able to pick up the Norwegian relatively cheaply but he has now admitted that this won't be happening.
When asked about the possibility of signing either Hangeland or Jonas Olsson, of West Brom, Redknapp said: "I'd like to have both of them but the clubs don't want to sell them. I don't see them being possible - I wouldn't have thought so."
The respite on Hangeland's situation is thought to be brief, however. The chances of the Fulham captain staying put and signing a new deal after the season ends looks hugely slim.
It's a blow to manager Martin Jol, who has already lost two of his best players in Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele.
The Dutchman, therefore, will be on the lookout for a replacement sooner rather than later but, to find a player of a similar ilk to Hangeland will be easier said than done.
He compliments Aaron Hughes, his normal centre back partner, perfectly, in that Hangeland provides palpable physical presence while Hughes is slightly more agile and quicker off the mark.
Jol will want a similar replacement yet, with money tight at Craven Cottage, it's difficult to hope for the best.
With Fulham clearly content to see Hangeland wind down his contract, as opposed to cashing in on him now, it's unlikely that Jol will start his search until the summer.