Sam Allardyce has revealed that he was priced out of a move for Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones.
The Blackburn boss fears failure to land the striker during the summer transfer window could return to haunt him.
The Trinidad and Tobago international has already netted four goals in five games since his £8million move to Stoke and Jones will be looking to add to his tally when City host Allardyce's men at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
The 25-year-old has also proved a nemesis for Rovers in recent seasons, having scored four times in his last six games.
Allardyce told The Sun: "He was out of our price range.
"We would have loved him here and I spoke to Steve Bruce about it but unfortunately it wasn't something we were able to do.
"He's very powerful, a really good target man with Premier League experience.
"It's difficult to find players like that and it's not often you find one that a club is willing to let go.
"I was unable to do it. It's frustrating but it's the reality."