Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric's future was still uncertain .with only five hours to go until the transfer window slams shut
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp continued to insist the Croatia international would not be travelling across London to Chelsea who, unlike Tottenham, are in this season's Champions League and have long wanted to sign Modric.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has made much of wanting to uphold Modric's contract and whether the player is still at White Hart Lane by the time the window closed at 11:00pm local time (2200GMT) Wednesday will be viewed by many observers as a test of whether deals with top players are indeed worth the paper they are written on.
Redknapp said he expected Levy to be "busy on the phone all day" as Spurs completed the signing of England midfielder Scott Parker from West Ham, who were relegated from the Premier League last season.
But among the players leaving White Hart Lane could be Peter Crouch, with Stoke City interested in signing the tall England striker.
"There's three or four clubs wanting him and he wants to play football," Redknapp told Sky Sports News.
"He's too good not to play. He's an outstanding player."