Jermaine Jenas is expected to stay at Tottenham until at least January after potential moves to Inter Milan and Aston Villa both fell through.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp was happy to let the midfielder leave White Hart Lane after he fell behind Tom Huddlestone, Luka Modric and Wilson Palacios in the pecking order.
Jose Mourinho is a huge fan of Jenas and had lined up a deal to bring him to Inter Milan before leaving the San Siro to become the new coach of Real Madrid.
Jenas has been learning Italian since the start of the year and was still hoping to push through a switch to the Italian giants - but friends say the move collapsed over money.
Spurs were believed to be demanding £8m for the player while Jenas himself was not happy with the wages Inter were willing to offer him.
The former Newcastle man, 27, was also a target for former Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill but any possible deal was put to bed when the Northern Irishman resigned earlier this month.
Sources close to the player say he now fully expects to stay at Tottenham as there is no real interest in his signature ahead of the end of the transfer window.
Jenas, who cost Spurs £7m when he signed from Newcastle in August 2005, admits privately that he does not deserve to be a regular starter at the moment because of the form of Huddlestone in particular.
He produced a strong performance in Tottenham's 2-1 win at Stoke last Saturday and is determined to play his way back into Redknapp's plans.