Queens Park Rangers have been pursuing Jermain Defoe for some time, but that chase may be about to come to an end.
Harry Redknapp has made no secret of his desire to work with the striker again, having previously brought the best out of him at West Ham United, Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur.
It is, however, looking increasingly unlikely that the pair will be reunited at Loftus Road.
A summer deal could not be completed and a January transfer also appears to be out of the question.
Redknapp is working to a tight budget and admits that he cannot afford to splash out on players such as Defoe, as he instead closes on a loan deal for West Ham’s Mauro Zarate.
He told Sky Sports: “You want to get them in as soon as you can because you’ve got five or six games in the month (January). When you’re in our position, when you’re down there scrapping like seven or eight teams are, you want your players in as soon as possible.”
On Defoe, he added: “Jermain, it’s the whole package. To pay a transfer fee, and then pay the wages and everything, it would be too expensive to us at the moment.
“That is the problem, the package wouldn’t be in our budget. I like Jermain, he’s an excellent player and a great lad, but it would be a difficult one.”
It is easy to see why Redknapp wants Defoe, as he is part of an elite group of players to have plundered more than 100 Premier League goals.
He has, however, taken the decision to move to MLS side Toronto FC and commit to a four-year contract.
That move was only completed in February, so it should come as no surprise to find that it would now take a sizeable sum of cash to bring him back to England.