Rotherham United manager Steve Evans could turn his attentions to Billy McKay after losing out on a club-record move for St. Johnstone’s Stevie May.
Evans revealed that he had offered £300,000 for May, but St. Johnstone valued the striker’s services closer to the £750,000 mark.
The Millers boss, therefore, may instead move for McKay, who currently plays for Inverness Caledonian Thistle and is a Northern Ireland international.
Evans, whose side faced Coventry City on Tuesday evening, was rocked earlier in the week by news that loanee Tom Eaves has been recalled by parent club Bolton Wanderers.
That left him short in the striking department, especially after allowing Daniel Nardiello to leave on loan and, seemingly, with his New York Stadium career all but over.
“We are trying hard to add to the squad but these things are never easy,” Evans, who brought in Nouha Dicko on loan from Wigan, said.
“I believe Nathan will be great for us; he has settled in to the dressing room really well and that is really important.
“I have outlined specific targets to my chairman [Tony Stewart] and work with that is ongoing.
“We are focused on who we want but they need to give us value for money.”
The Millers return to the New York Stadium on Saturday, when they host Gillingham.
They remain firmly in the hunt for the League One play-off places - but Evans admits he still isn’t satisfied: “I am a long way from that,” he said.
“My objective for the season is to force ourselves into that play-off group and, despite not many giving us a chance of doing that, the players and I firmly believe we can.
“There is so much more to come from this group and we need to get to the right levels of consistency.
“Our performances in the main have been excellent and we do not have the points on the board that we deserve.
“But I can ask no more in terms of effort and commitment.
“League One is a very tough competition and, at the end of the season, it will be the teams who can be consistent in large spells that will fight for promotion.
“And I really do believe that we are capable of being one of those teams.”