Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cotterill has revealed his frustration after failing to sign Portsmouth forward Luke Varney.
Varney is just one of several players to be linked with a move away from Fratton Park as cash-strapped Portsmouth look to raise funds and trim their wage bill.
Cotterill is a big admirer of Varney having worked with him during his time in charge of Portsmouth and he is disappointed Forest have seen their enquiry for the versatile forward rejected by Pompey.
"Mark Arthur made a call to Portsmouth over a week ago," Cotterill told the Nottingham Evening Post.
"But we just had some news yesterday. It is a bit disappointing that it took a week to get an answer and that it was 'no'.
"At this moment in time, he is staying at Portsmouth. I don't know if it is because they have enough to see them through to the end of the season because I have not been party to those conversations.
"Luke would have helped, because we lost Paul Anderson (to injury). Other than him, we only really have one other player, in Garath McCleary, who is an out-and-out wide player.
"Luke can do that, but he can also play up-front with a striker. He would have added something to the squad and the dressing room.
"He is a good character, he has pace - but we are talking a lot about a player who will probably not be coming here."