Coventry City boss Micky Adams says they tried to sign Southend United striker Freddy Eastwood.
The Sky Blues were keen to boost their attack after selling Gary McSheffrey to Championship rivals Birmingham City, with Derby County, Norwich City and Stoke City among some of Eastwood's other admirers.
Despite having plenty of admiration for the 22-year-old, Adams claims Coventry were unable to afford Southend's asking price for the former Grays Athletic goalscorer.
"We looked at him when we needed a striker but we can't afford him, simple as that," Adams said.
"I think everyone is well aware of what Freddy can do now. He has got great ability and I would think a lot of clubs have shown an interest in him because he's the type of player who can hurt you.
"His goalscoring record speaks for itself and I have got great admiration for him."
Eastwood underlined his ability to The Sky Blues when he struck both of Southend's goals in Coventry's 3-2 win at Roots Hall on Friday evening.