Stockport are to turn their focus elsewhere after failing with three separate bids for Morecambe midfielder Carl Baker.
Baker enjoyed a terrific campaign for Morecambe last term, netting 11 goals.
His performances did not go unnoticed and Stockport were prepared to pay a 'significant' six-figure sum for the 25-year-old.
However, Stockport's managing director Mark Maguire accepts that the bids fell short of Morecambe's valuation.
"We offered a significant six-figure deal but Morecambe wanted another six-figure sum on top of that," a disappointed Maguire told Stockport's official website.
"And although Jim (Gannon) rates Carl very highly indeed that figure would have been beyond the market value for a player of his background and experience.
"Unfortunately, though, however highly Carl is respected by Jim, it is our responsibility financially to do proper deals and the right deals.
"This means we have to walk away from it because it is not good business and that's the frustration we are dealing with because Carl would have been a great addition.
"But there are other targets and that's where we'll move onto now."