THE Football League has blocked Cherries' bid to sign Steve Lovell, the Echo can reveal.
Lovell, manager Eddie Howe's brother, had been hoping to complete a dream return to the Dean Court outfit after spending the past four months training with the club's squad.
However, it now appears that Cherries' ongoing transfer embargo means their lengthy pursuit of the sought-after striker will end in disappointment.
Revealing the news earlier today, Howe said: "The Football League had a meeting yesterday and made it clear that there would be no way that we could sign Steve Lovell.
"It's desperately disappointing to miss out on a player of his calibre."
For more Cherries news, including exclusive and candid interviews with Lovell, Howe and assistant manager Jason Tindall, see tomorrow's Daily Echo.