Peterborough have drawn a line under their attempts to bring Lincoln midfielder Lee Frecklington to London Road.
The free-spending League Two promotion hopefuls have had two bids for Frecklington rejected and comments attributed to the player this week have not sat well with Posh boss Darren Ferguson.
Frecklington is reported to have said a switch to Peterborough would be a 'side-ways move' for him.
And his comments have clearly angered Ferguson, who told the club's official website: "There has been speculation about Lee Frecklington and we have had a couple of bids turned down, but we have seen his comments and if they are true and haven't been taken out of context then we wouldn't want him here anyway.
"If he thinks it is a side-ways step moving to Peterborough then he must be off his head...anyone can see what we are trying to build here and the ambition that the club has.
"That is the way it goes, we made two bids, but they were rejected anyway."
Keeper makes move
Meanwhile, in other news, goalkeeper Shwan Jalal has signed a season-long loan deal with Morecambe.
Shrimps' boss Sammy McIlroy is well acquainted with Jalal's talent having watched the player several times during his Conference days at Woking.
"He's a player that I remember from his time in the Conference and he was highly regarded at Woking," he told the club's official website.
"I am delighted to have him here until the end of the season because I wanted us to have some stability in that department.
"Joe Lewis and Scott Loach have been superb for us but I need to make sure I had someone here for a guaranteed period."