The Yorkshire Evening Post have reported Leeds United's unsuccessful attempt to sign Barnsley striker Sam Winnall.
The Whites had a bid of £300,000 rejected, with Barnsley demanding at least £1 million.
This would require a substantial jump from Leeds, and may leave them back at square one looking for another transfer target.
The late attempts to land a striker, highlighted by recent injuries to Chris Wood, could all have been avoided had Leeds decided to hang on to Billy Sharp in the summer.
Sharp was signed in the summer of 2014, with a solid track record, proven at Championship level.
He was never afforded a regular run in the Leeds side last season, and amid interest from former club Sheffield United, then Leeds head coach Uwe Rosler decided it was fairest to cash in on Sharp.
This decision is now coming back to bite them, with Sharp having netted the exact number of goals as current Leeds transfer target Sam Winnall in League One, both high in the top scorers list with 14 each.
Winnall is four years younger than Sharp, but the Blades forward has been there and done it at Championship level.
Keeping him if he was unhappy may have been difficult, but the main reason Sharp wanted out was because he was not given the impression he was likely to get games under Rosler.
Summer signing Lee Erwin has so far been a bust, and if Leeds fail to sign an extra striker to back up Wood this January, their summer transfer dealings should be more closely scrutinised.
Had Steve Evans been in charge back then, or Sharp had been kept, perhaps the new boss could have re-energised him into a vital contributor as he appears to have recently done with Souleymane Doukara.