The Mirror says Spurs were heavily into a deal to land the Paris Saint-Germain star in a £20million move. But before his transfer to the Premier League could be sealed, Rabiot's father Michel died a few days before the January window closed.
The family decided to put business on hold as a mark of respect for him, with the midfielder's mum and agent, Veronique, declaring that nothing would be done until the summer.
That's when Rabiot becomes a free agent.
It all leaves Spurs fearing another major target will slip through their fingers.