Plymouth Argyle have been knocked back in a bid to sign Chelsea youngster Sam Hutchinson on loan.
Ian Holloway revealed earlier in the week that he was keen to sign the versatile teenager on a temporary basis, following Scott Sinclair's impact at Home Park last season.
Sinclair is now involved in Jose Mourinho's first-team plans at Stamford Bridge after impressing during his stint with Plymouth.
Top of the list
Pilgrims boss Holloway was hoping that he could provide the same platform for Hutchinson, who was on Chelsea's pre-season tour to the United States.
However, the current Premier League leaders have turned down Plymouth's approach for a temporary arrangement.
Holloway, though, is taking heart from the fact that the Championship club are first in line, if Chelsea change their stance.
"I have heard from Chelsea and they have told me they want to keep Sam in and around their first-team squad," Holloway told the club's official website.
"However, they did say that if they let him go anywhere, we would be top of the list because they liked what happened to Scott Sinclair during his time with us."