West Ham are poised to send James Collins out on loan, but it is unlikely to be to Plymouth.
Pilgrims boss Tony Pulis had made enquiries about landing the Welsh defender and received positive noises from Hammers chief Alan Pardew.
However, it has since emerged that bigger Championship fish have entered the race and this has prompted Pulis to admit he is likely to be beaten to the punch.
"We tried to get James Collins from West Ham and Alan Pardew was happy to do the deal, but I think there are bigger teams looking at him," Pulis told the club's website.
Pulis is striving to bring in a replacement for loan star Elliott Ward, who is set to head back to West Ham after Saturday's clash with Coventry, and the Home Park chief is set to shift his attentions elsewhere.
"Bringing in Collins as a replacement to Ward was always the plan, and Alan (Pardew) was keen for that to happen," added Pulis. "Unfortunately, a bigger club has come in for him.
"I think you'll find that he will be going to one of the top Championship sides."