Paul Dickov will resume his pursuit of a reinforcements for Doncaster Rovers when the loan window opens next week.
The Rovers boss thought he had landed his prime target before last weekend’s win over Fleetwood Town and continued the chase right up to Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
But he is refusing to admit defeat and will return to the negotiating table when the loan market opens next Wednesday.
“We were close to bringing another one in,” Dickov said.
“But it’s just a case of other clubs picking up little injuries.
“We’re hopeful that will be readdressed next week.
“All the signs are positive. It’s just his parent club have picked up a few injuries and they want to keep him at the minute.
“We’re hopeful it will happen when the window opens next Wednesday.”
Rovers will have one new face in their squad when they travel to Gillingham this weekend after the signing of midfielder Oscar Gobern on loan from Queens Park Rangers until January.
The Free Press understands Gobern was initially identified as a replacement for Richie Wellens, who had been in talks with another club over the weekend but failed to secure a deal.