Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce is ready to turn his attention elsewhere if his moves for Gary McSheffrey continue to stall, writes Ged Scott.
The Blues boss is keen to land a new central striker after the exit of Emile Heskey to Wigan Athletic, and Coventry City forward McSheffrey is his main interest.
But the Sky Blues have turned down two bids for last season's top scorer and Bruce is not prepared to be kept waiting too much longer.
"We haven't heard officially that our second offer has been rejected, although according to the media it has," Bruce said after the 2-0 friendly defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. "But there comes a time where I think it's a fantastic offer for them.
"Of course we will be trying to find a solution, but if there's no solution we've got to look elsewhere.
"I'll put a time limit on it to say if it's not going to happen then it's not going to happen.
"We do need another striker on the books and we've still got one or two irons in the fire."
Meanwhile, Bruce confirmed Blues had received a £3.5 million bid from Liverpool for Jermaine Pennant but insisted the offer was massively short of his own valuation for the player.
Bruce also pointed out that Pennant's former club, Arsenal, would also be entitled to a quarter of any transfer fee that becomes available should the winger depart St Andrew's.
Blues paid £3 million for the player when he joined them from the Gunners last summer.
"We've had an offer from Liverpool that has been widely spoken about," said Bruce. "There was a bid of £3.5 million which we turned down two or three weeks ago.
"We paid near enough £3 million for him and we owe Arsenal 25 per cent of any fee so we're not going to be selling him to anyone for just £3.5 million, that's for sure.
"We all know that every footballer has got his price in the end, but at the moment their bid has not been accepted.
"Until they meet our valuation of the player, he's not going anywhere and I'm sure they'll move on to someone else."