Liverpool are set to escape punishment from the Premier League after allegedly tapping up Virgil van Dijk.
Southampton had asked the Premier League to investigate an alleged illegal approach for Van Dijk from Liverpool after reports emerged the player had told Jurgen Klopp he wanted to join the Merseyside club.
The Reds later ended their interest in signing the defender and publicly apologised to Southampton.
A preliminary investigation was launched by the Premier League but has stalled as there is insufficient evidence to support Southampton’s claim.
Unless new information comes to light there will not be any more progress with the inquiry, effectively allowing Liverpool to avoid a sanction.
Strict rules govern transfers, with clubs able to negotiate terms with players only if they are out of contract or once a fee has been agreed with the seller. The laws also govern indirect approaches via an intermediary.
Liverpool’s statement on June 7 also added that the club had ended any interest in the Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk
Van Dijk signed a six-year contract last May, and Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger recently said the club could realistically turn down a £60 million bid for the Netherlands international.
“Can we? Yes,” Krueger said. “We do not need to sell any player for the first time since I’ve been here.”
In April, Liverpool were given a two-year academy transfer ban, with the second year suspended, for “tapping up” a Stoke City youngster.