Harry Redknapp has confirmed it is highly unlikely that he will land Sulley Muntari, given the huge transfer fee Udinese are seeking.
The talented Ghana midfielder caught the eye of Portsmouth boss Redknapp with a series of powerful World Cup displays, but attempts to land his signature in the summer ultimately proved unproductive.
Redknapp has reignited this interest in the January transfer window but having been quoted a £10million fee, Portsmouth have effectively been priced out of a move.
"I would not have thought Muntari will be coming here," he told The News.
"I'd be surprised - what they are asking for is too much.
"We'll move on. If people are more than they are worth, we won't buy them."
While Redknapp is eager to add to his ranks, there could be players heading in the opposite direction out of the Fratton Park exit door, if deals can be brokered between now and the campaign's close.
One such player is out-of-favour defender Andy O'Brien, who is being targeted by Leeds, along with Charlton.
However, Redknapp is sceptical as to whether Championship strugglers Leeds would have the financial muscle to attract a player of O'Brien's experience.
"I've had a couple of offers for Andy," he added. "But I don't know if Andy would want to go down to the Championship.
"And, with a fee and wages, I don't know if Leeds could do it."