Neil Warnock has been forced to concede defeat in his pursuit of Hearts striker Christian Nade.
The Crystal Palace boss is working to a strict budget at Selhurst Park and admits the financial constraints placed upon him have seriously limited his options heading into the January transfer window.
The Eagles had seen a £300,000 approach for Nade knocked back in July and have made no secret of their continued admiration for the Frenchman since that point.
Warnock worked with the 24-year-old during his time at Sheffield United, but admits a reunion appears highly unlikely.
"I like him as a player but we've got no money," the Palace boss told the Scotsman.
"The chairman (Simon Jordan) is trying to sell the club so I don't see anything happening. We're playing the kids at the moment.
"That's the way it will remain until the club is sold so we just have to get on with it. I don't think we are the only club in this sort of position."
Meanwhile, Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo is expecting to be without David Obua for the foreseeable future after the Ugandan midfielder picked up a knock in Saturday's goalless draw with Dundee United.
"It looks like a groin strain," he said.
"It might keep him out for a couple of weeks but it is a little early to speak about such things as I don't think we'll get the results of the scans until today (Tuesday).
"He felt something in the second half and he had to come off, which was disappointing."