Neil Warnock has given up in his efforts to land Darren Ambrose and will be turning his attention elsewhere.
The Queens Park Rangers boss had been hoping to raid former employers Crystal Palace for classy midfield operator Ambrose.
Having worked with the former Newcastle and Charlton man at Selhurst Park last season, Warnock is well aware of what the 26-year-old has to offer.
He plundered 20 goals for the Eagles in 2009/10, helping them to avoid relegation out of the Championship.
Warnock had been keen to bring a player of Ambrose's considerable calibre on board, but has been left frustrated in his efforts.
He initially saw a bid accepted by financially-crippled Palace, but has seen them backtrack after securing new investment.
Warnock is not prepared to become embroiled in a long-running transfer saga and has conceded defeat in his bid to bring his top summer transfer target to Loftus Road.
He told the South London Press: "I'm looking at other players now - I can't just hang on forever.
"Nothing has moved for two weeks, I've not heard anything. I think they want more money but anyone who wanted him would've bid when I offered. I won't be offering any more.
"I think Darren's a bit gutted. I've got two or three other targets I'm trying to get in before the season starts, if I do that then I'll be happy."