Wolverhampton Wanderers have missed out on signing Peterborough United striker Aaron McLean, according to the League One side.
And Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will have to continue to show patience in his pursuit of Hearts defender Christophe Berra.
Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson said that Wanderers had finally given up on trying to sign their prized asset. They had two offers in excess of £1?million rejected for McLean who scored 33 goals last season. Posh reportedly wanted a deal worth £5?million.
Ferguson said: “The deal is dead as far as I am concerned. Wolves made two bids and they would have gone higher, but I spoke with Mick McCarthy and told him they couldn’t afford Aaron.
“He has accepted that fact and will now look elsewhere and that’s excellent news for us. We don’t want to lose any of our better players and Aaron certainly falls into that category.”
McCarthy has been chasing Hearts captain Berra for most of the summer but the ongoing managerial vacancy at Tynecastle has blocked any potential deal being done, much to Wolves’ and the player’s frustration.
Meanwhile, uncertainty still surrounds the on-off transfer of Wales striker Freddy Eastwood to Coventry City. The Sky Blues have reportedly pulled the plug on the £1 million plus deal after Eastwood failed to reach an agreement with Wolves over a clause in his existing contract.
Coventry chairman Ray Ranson said: “We agreed terms with Wolves and Chris (Coleman) met with Freddy last week to discuss personal terms.
“We agreed what I would consider to be a very attractive four-year contract, but unfortunately the deal collapsed because of money the player is legally entitled to under the terms of his contract at Wolves.
“We are now searching for a proven goalscorer in the Championship.”