Championship side Leeds United have had an enquiry for Peterborough United skipper Tommy Rowe rebuffed.
Rowe is available for transfer after rejecting the offer of a new three-year contract at London Road, but so far only Leeds have shown an interest in a 24 year-old who has excelled in a variety of positions at Posh.
Posh Director of Football Barry Fry, the man in charge of transfer negotiations at London Road, said: “I’ve had Brian McDermott (Leeds manager) on the phone about Tommy and I’ve also spoken to their chairman Ken Bates and their chief executive Shaun Harvey, but Leeds just don’t have enough money.
“We’re sorry to be losing Tommy, but he’s made it clear to us that we could offer him £20,000 per week and he still wouldn’t sign a new deal.
“That’s not to say he won’t be here next season because we won’t give him away. And if Tommy is here we know we will continue to get 100 per cent from him as he’s a terrific lad.”
Fry insists he hasn’t given up on signing Gillingham midfielder Jack Payne on a permanent transfer, although he admits little progress has been made since Gills chairman Paul Scally turned down a ‘two-player-plus-cash’ offer from Posh.