Swansea City boss Roberto Martinez admits it would be 'impossible' for the club to sign Hamilton Academical wonderkid James McCarthy.
Championship side Swansea are among the clubs to have shown an interest in the teenage midfielder after an impressive season in the SPL.
Celtic and Portsmouth are reported to have seen bids turned down for McCarthy, while there has been speculation that the Swans are willing to pay £4million.
However, Martinez concedes the club are not in a position to compete for the signing of McCarthy at the figures being quoted.
"It would be fantastic if we could pay £4m for a player and I hope one day we will be able to put bids like that in," Martinez told the South Wales Evening Post.
"But right now James McCarthy would be an impossible task for us financially."
100 per cent committed
Meanwhile, Martinez is still waiting for goalkeeper Dorus de Vries to decide on the club's offer of a new contract at the Liberty Stadium.
Martinez added: "If a player is not sure about playing for Swansea City it's quite clear we need to move on and offer him our best wishes.
"In terms of their future, the player has to be 100 per cent that he is desperate to play for Swansea City. If that's not the case, we need to be strong enough to find a replacement that is desperate enough.
"I'm not saying I don't expect Dorus to sign an extension. I'm saying I don't want to sign players who are not 100 per cent committed to our club."