Bolton Wanderers have ruled themselves out of the running to sign Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe and striker Max Clayton from Crewe Alexandra.
The Sky Bet Championship side have been interested in recruiting the attacking duo before the end of the summer transfer window.
However, Bolton manager Dougie Freedman has now admitted that they are unable to raise the funds that would be needed to sign them.
While 18-year-old Ibe could join Derby County on a season-long loan deal before Monday’s deadline, 20-year-old Clayton has travelled to Denmark to speak with FC Midtjylland.
“Jordon looks like he is going to Derby,” The Bolton News quotes Freedman as saying. “It looks like we have missed out on that one once again.
“The contribution that we would have had to make financially was too difficult for us to meet.”
Freedman added on Clayton: “He’s a good player and we liked him – he’s the kind of player we should be bringing to the club. But the fee that Crewe wanted is out of our reach.”