The Dutch international was set to join Barcelona in a permanent transfer at the end of the season and our approach to his current club Juventus was to take the experienced midfielder on loan for the remainder of the current campaign.
But Barcelona have now opted to sign up the 30-year-old immediately on a temporary basis.
The combative Davids has found himself out of favour at Juventus and his need for immediate first team football ahead of Euro 2004 prompted our approach to the Italian club.
Said David: "We have to concede defeat. The Dutch connection at Barcelona was the decisive factor."
David Pleat has confirmed that we have been unsuccessful in our attempt to bring Edgar Davids to White Hart Lane.