Stoke City boss Michael O'Neill last night made moves to sign Northern Ireland striker Conor Washington and his former international team-mate Chris Brunt.
Tynecastle officials held talks with the Championship side but Hearts boss Daniel Stendel rates Washington and he slammed the brakes on the move.
West Brom veteran Brunt, however, was also on O'Neill's wishlist. Brunt, who announced his retirement from international football in 2018, has been with the Baggies since moving from Sheffield Wednesday in 2007.
The 35-year-old won 65 international caps and scored three goals after making his debut against Switzerland in 2004.
He missed out on Northern Ireland's thrilling Euro 2016 finals campaign with a serious knee injury.
Brunt is yet to start a single Championship game this campaign, making five substitute appearances which total 38 minutes on the pitch, while he has started three games across the domestic cups.
O'Neill has already brought in his international midfielder Jordan Thompson to bolster his panel, along with Aston Villa defender James Chester.
Elsewhere, Manchester United reached an agreement with Odion Ighalo on personal terms and salary over a six-month loan from his parent club Shanghai Shenhua, with an option to buy the 30-year-old.
Ighalo is in pre-season training with Shenhua in China, but the new Chinese Super League season has been delayed due to the escalation of the Coronavirus.
United brought in Nathan Bishop from League One strugglers Southend, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he expected no further business.
Arsenal bolstered their defence by signing Southampton's 26-year-old Portugal right-back Cedric Soares on loan until the end of the season.
Manchester City defender Angelino, who has made 12 appearances for Pep Guardiola's side in all competitions this season, has joined Bundesliga high-flyers RB Leipzig on loan.
The German side have the option to buy Angelino for £25.2 million in the summer.
Nineteen-year-old defender Tariq Lamptey has left Chelsea to join Brighton on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
Wolves completed the signing of Rochdale's 17-year-old defender Luke Matheson, with the move worth around £1m.
Matheson, who scored in his side's Carabao Cup penalty shootout defeat to Manchester United in September and is Dale's youngest ever player after making his first-team debut aged 15 years and 336 days, was immediately loaned back to Rochdale for the rest of the season.
Sheffield United made their fourth and fifth signings of the window as they brought in Dutchman Richairo Zivkovic on loan from Chinese club Changchun Yatai and Greek defender Panos Retsos on loan from Bayer Leverkusen.
Former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, who left Anfield for Juventus in 2018, has joined Borussia Dortmund on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move.
Ravel Morrison has joined Middlesbrough on loan from Sheffield United for the rest of the season.
St Mirren defender Kirk Broadfoot is re-signing for Kilmarnock. Broadfoot left the club earlier in the season after falling out with former manager Angelo Alessio, but will return to Rugby Park on a permanent deal.