Sam Allardyce admits he is keen on Stoke's James Beattie, but expects to miss out on the striker.
The Blackburn boss is still looking to bolster his attacking options, despite landing Mame Diouf on a season-long loan from Manchester United.
Former England international Beattie, who began his career at Ewood Park, was on his wish list.
However, the experienced frontman has already held talks with SPL giants Rangers and Allardyce accepts that his efforts appear doomed to failure.
"We've not agreed a fee with Stoke and although James is on the list at the moment, it is not looking like he will be coming to Blackburn," he said.
As part of Allardyce's freshening up of his squad, he had made Jason Roberts available for transfer.
However, the 32-year-old striker is yet to attract any offers and the Rovers boss admits he is baffled by the lack of interest.
"We both came to an agreement that a parting of the ways was the best way forward and I am very surprised that we haven't had the phone ringing," added Allardyce.
"He has a very good track record in the Premier League and there are not many of his type about.
"When everyone is talking about finding a striker here is a front man with vast experience and goalscoring ability yet no one is picking the phone up.
"I am staggered about that one but from our point of view we feel it is better if he moves on and we look elsewhere when he has gone.
"But I wouldn't envisage anyone not coming in and bidding for him before the end of the transfer window because there are not many players of his experience become available at this time of the year.
"He is a home-grown player as well and that is another factor coming into the equation now."
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