Port Vale manager Lee Sinnott has expressed his disappointment at missing out on the signing of midfielder Ritchie Jones.
On Friday, Jones completed his move to League One side Hartlepool on a free transfer.
Vale were reportedly among a number of clubs in the running to secure the 21-year-old's signature.
However, Jones opted for a move to Hartlepool, despite holding advanced talks with Sinnott's Vale.
And Sinnott has lamented the club's failure to tie down Jones, but is already turning his attention to other options.
Lee Sinnott told the club's official website: "He did the medical on Wednesday afternoon and we were expecting him to join the lads in training on Thursday morning.
"On Thursday morning when we got in touch with him we were informed he would be coming to sign the forms yesterday afternoon at 4pm.
"Things changed again and we were expecting him to come to the club this afternoon at 4pm, but then at 3.15 we found out he wouldn't be coming and he had signed for Hartlepool.
"These things happen in football, but perhaps when he looks back on things he will realise he could have kept us in the loop.
"We have been trying to contact him all day yesterday and again today. Perhaps people will be able to draw their own conclusions on that.
"Midfield is an area we are obviously looking at and we will continue to do so."