Ipswich boss Paul Jewell has admitted he has all-but given up hope of signing Celtic forward Daryl Murphy on a permanent basis.
Murphy scored four goals in 33 Championship appearances for Ipswich this season and Jewell would have been keen to hang on to the 29-year-old.
However, with the striker still having a further season to run on his Celtic contract, Jewell concedes Town are unable to afford to bring him back to Portman Road.
Jewell told the club's official website: "I don't think Daryl will be back here next year.
"I spoke to him and his agent a few times and we would have liked to have kept him but he's still got another year left on his contract at Celtic.
"We are grateful to Celtic for letting him come here but I think if we wanted to bring him here next season they would want a fee and you can understand that.
"He's on decent wages as well. It's a deal that is out of our price range."