Peterborough United defender Kieran Charnock's proposed move to Accrington Stanley looks to have fallen through, according to Posh director of football Barry Fry.
The Preston-born full-back has now joined one of Stanley's League Two rivals on trial and will play for the unnamed club on Saturday.
Accrington boss John Coleman told skysports.com last week that he was hopeful of completing a deal for the 24-year-old, but Fry insists there is competition for his signature.
"I did a deal with Eric Whalley, who owned the club, but he has since sold the club and the new owner hasn't got back to me on the deal yet, so at the moment it's a bit quiet on that front," Fry told skysports.com.
"Kieran would like to go back up north, but there are a couple of other clubs interested in him and at the moment he is playing for somebody else on Saturday in the same division as Accrington.
"They've messed me about for too long, so now they've got competition if they still want to sign him."
Posh have added to their squad this summer with three recruits so far and Fry believes a centre-half is the only piece of the jigsaw left to complete the puzzle as they prepare for life in the Championship.
"We've had a couple of bids for centre-halves turned down recently, so the position might be the only area he (boss Darren Ferguson) wants to strengthen before the big kick-off," he added.
"He is quite happy with everything else he has got because he has identified the players he wanted and we've got them in for him.
"We've got two excellent prospects for centre-half, but he would like another one in to add to the competition for places in that area."