Hull City boss Phil Brown admits his efforts to sign West Ham midfielder Luis Boa Morte have hit a stumbling block.
The Tigers boss had hoped to push through a deal for the Portuguese playmaker during the transfer window.
However, the two parties are struggling to agree personal terms and Brown accepts the move will collapse should a compromise not be reached.
"We are miles apart where Luis is concerned with personal terms," he said.
"We have agreed a deal with regards to West Ham, but it is now down to Luis to come down in his evaluation of his next contract. It is up to Luis."
Meanwhile, Brown has been left frustrated by Sunderland's decision to recall Paul McShane from his loan spell at KC Stadium.
He remains hopeful that the Republic of Ireland defender could be brought back to the club in the future, but for now is disappointed at seeing his defensive options culled.
"It is an option (brining him back) but it would depend on Ricky Sbragia's shopping list - and at the moment it seems to be falling on deaf ears," Brown reported.