The closer we get to that time when we stop the clocks counting down how long we have left in the January transfer window, the less likely a deal taking Quincy Promes to Southampton is to materialise.

Linked to Liverpool previously, with Jurgen Klopp revealing an admiration for the player in September, Promes has been the subject of Southampton attention over the past week.

Spartak Moscow were said to want the €30m in his release clause, a fee the Saints weren’t willing to match, especially since they would have had to pay an extra €4.5m in order to satisfy both club and player thanks to a clause in the forward’s contract stating he is due 15% of his next transfer fee.

Over in Russia, it’s fair to say, the move to St Mary’s wasn’t exactly one that gripped the masses, especially considering he would be moving from a team who won their league last year to one currently sitting in the Premier League’s relegation zone.

This view was also held by Sandor Varga, a well-known agent, who had a few things to say about this very topic in an interview with Sport-Express.

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He explained: “For Promes, it doesn’t make sense to switch to Southampton now. Here, you’re with champions, you can prove yourself in European competitions against the same English teams.”

Asked if he felt a move to a club like Liverpool was better suited for the 26-year-old, he continued: “Maybe, yes. He must go to a club that fights for titles or the European cup. It’s not great to play for an outside. Especially in England.

“I, as an agent, do not strongly support players who move frequently. I believe that Giggs and Maldini had successful agents. And I worked with Alexander Shovkovsky who spent his entire career at Dynamo Kiev, and thank God. I think it’s wrong to set the goal to go to England just for the sake of it”.

That’s not something you hear everyday.

Maybe Promes could go to Southampton and then go to Liverpool, that’s the usual masterplan.