Paul Jewell admits he will have to be patient in his efforts to bring Sean St Ledger to Ipswich, with a proposed move having been put on hold.
The Portman Road boss thought he had wrapped up a deal for the Leicester defender, but he is still waiting on the relevant paperwork to be completed.
The Foxes are responsible for the delay, with Nigel Pearson reluctant to part with the Republic of Ireland international before taking in an FA Cup third round replay with Nottingham Forest.
St Ledger could still be on the move before the January transfer window slams shut, but Jewell concedes that no agreement would appear to be imminent.
"Leicester have got an FA Cup replay against Forest and they want to keep him for that," he said.
"Everything was agreed and I don't know whether they've had any injuries in training or something, I don't know.
"We have got other irons in the fire but that was one we thought was going to happen, but it hasn't.
"We'll have to wait and see, we think Sean's a good player but if they beat Nottingham Forest they might want him for the next round. I'll have to speak to Nigel Pearson."