Norwich manager Paul Lambert has admitted being priced out of a move for Swindon winger Anthony McNamee.
The Canaries boss was extremely interested in bringing the 26-year-old to Carrow Road, but was astounded at the Robins' asking price for the wide man.
A £200,000 bid for McNamee from Norwich was reportedly turned down in August, and Lambert is not prepared to up his bid to the required amount.
"Swindon wanted an absolute fortune, an absolute fortune, for a lad in his last year, which Real Madrid couldn't afford," he told the Pink'un.
"I thought he might have come in and done something but we just couldn't do it. It wasn't just £50,000 or something like that, it was an absolute arm and a leg. There was no way we could do that and that's where it lies at the minute.
"We need a bit of speed in the team because a lot of the lads are much of a muchness. I think he has talent, a bit of speed, a bit of pace.
"The first time I saw him was when I was at Wycombe and he was playing for Watford and they had Ashley Young, who's now at Aston Villa, on one side and McNamee on the other side and it was incredible, the two of them.
"You need legs, that's why I need some speed in the team and young, hungry lads who can give that to me."