Plymouth striker Steven MacLean looks set to remain in England, with Aberdeen boss Mark McGhee resigned to missing out on the player.
The Dons boss says the striker - who was also interesting SPL rivals Hearts - is set to stay south of the border and seal a move to another Championship club.
But McGhee continues to remain determined in his pursuit of new players - and revealed he is still keen on Swansea forward Stephen Dobbie.
He said: "The latest I have on MacLean is it looks like he'll probably join a Championship club at the beginning of next week.
"That's something I can do nothing about. That was always going to be a possibility because he's a good player who is going to be in demand at that level.
"That's why we wanted him and I think we're entitled and should be looking at players of that ability.
"But the fact is there will be competition for players like that."
The former Motherwell boss added: "I know where there are lots of players where there is no competition for them, but they are not the players we want.
"We've got to get involved in that market and try to find ways of bringing players like that.
"The fact that occasionally they will got to the Championship, there is nothing we can do about that. We just have to go on and look at the next target.
"Stephen Dobbie was mentioned and he is a consideration and that remains the case. But we do have other targets so we are considering them."
Meanwhile, Pilgrims assistant manager John Carver has signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal with the Championship club.
The former Newcastle and Leeds coach rejected the chance to be a part of Brian Laws' coaching staff at Burnley this week to remain at Home Park.
Carver joined Argyle in December after resigning his position as head coach with MLS side Toronto FC in April.