West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has written off his chances of landing Huddersfield Town hot-shot Jordan Rhodes this month.
The Hammers have had a bid for the 27-goal striker, believed to be around £3million, rejected by the League One promotion hopefuls and Allardyce is resigned to looking elsewhere for more firepower.
"That's something we have tried to do but it's not a situation where it looks like Huddersfield want to lose their player," he said.
"When a club of Huddersfield's status decide they don't want to lose him because of their own position, and it's more important they keep him for their promotion push, then it becomes very difficult for us to prize the player away by the club giving us permission to speak to him.
"At the moment I would say yes, we have given up on that."