Sheffield Wednesday clinched the signing of Lewis McGugan on loan this week, but it was nearly the second of two deals.
As well as bringing in the Watford midfielder, Owls boss Stuart Gray has revealed the club almost managed to clinch the signing to sign a striker.
Wednesday have only scored 12 goals in 17 games this season, so adding to their attack is essential.
Gray told BBC Sheffield: "We thought we'd got one over the line. We'd agreed a fee, well wages, agreed with a manager.
"The only thing thats let us down, is the player has let us down. He doesn't want to come, he wants to fight for his place, and that's what it is."
"It;s a keep chipping away scenario at managers at other clubs, trying to ask for players. At the end of the day player has to want to come.
"It disappoints me, if the manager tells you that you aren't needed at the football club for 28 days, to go out and get some football, it just shocks me, but maybe thats where the game has changed a little bit. A few of the lads are getting looked after financially and I don't think they want to get out of their comfort zone."
Gray did not reveal the identity of the striker, but one possibility is Nottingham Forest forward Dexter Blackstock.
It was reported by The BBC yesterday that the forward had rejected the chances to join Wednesday's rivals Sheffield United, and had also been also previously linked to The Owls.