Glasgow Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has been linked with a move away from Ibrox for a while now, but speculation increased massively in recent weeks.
The Rangers talisman has been pursued by French side Lille this summer, with numerous bids rejected by the Ibrox camp.
Gers boss Steven Gerrard even admitted earlier this month that he was sure Morelos “had his head turned” by speculation over his future.
Lille did eventually manage to sign another striker in Jonathan David, but speculation regarding Morelos and the Ligue 1 club has persisted.
Now, Lille president Gerard Lopez has told talkSPORT that the club has “‘hit the pause button” on their pursuit of Morelos and could reassess their stance in the coming weeks.
“We have (bid £16million),” he told Jim White. “He’s obviously a good player.
“We had a primary target who was Jonathan David and who we got. He’s locked into a certain system with a number of players already around him.
“We know we have a lot of talent. We have lots of offensive material and we’ve hit the pause button at this stage.
“We will wait it out a couple of weeks and see where we are. Then make a final decision on if we need someone else in the transfer market.”
Morelos has been sensational for Rangers over the past few years and, despite a poor end to last season, has hit the ground running this time round, with two goals and two assists from four league games.
Lopez’s admission that Lille have “hit the pause button” will be music to Bears’ ears, particularly given they got their main target in David.
Of course, there’s still plenty of time to go before the transfer window closes, so Rangers aren’t out of the woods yet.