Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell fears that he may be priced out of a move for Celtic striker Daryl Murphy.
The 29-year-old took in a second loan spell at Portman Road last season, scoring four goals in 34 appearances.
Jewell is keen to acquire Murphy's services on a permanent basis, but concedes that he may struggle to find the funds required to land the Republic of Ireland international.
"If Celtic want a fee, and with his wages, we simply can't afford it," Jewell told the East Anglian Daily Times.
"He did well for us in the back end of the season. We would be interested if the deal was right but I have got the feeling it is going to be expensive. It is a bit of a waiting game."
Murphy initially made the loan move to Portman Road from Sunderland in 2010 and is now surplus to requirements at Parkhead.