Manager Gary Megson has been given little hope that Bolton Wanderers will be able to prise midfielder James Morrison away from West Bromwich Albion.
The Trotters have already had one bid for the 22-year-old rejected by the Baggies and Megson is pondering a fresh approach.
He told the Bolton News: "We made an offer for James Morrison at West Brom which was turned down.
"I don't know whether we will go back in for James. The offer was turned down flat."
Megson's comments met with derision from his Baggies counterpart, Tony Mowbray, who is less than happy at the situation being played out in public.
He added: "I am disappointed that any conversations between the clubs have come out.
"It isn't the way business should be done, because you can disrupt footballers, not that it will with James because he is a diamond of a lad.
"I'm trying to be very respectful to the club who made contact, but I don't think it's something that would appeal to him.
"It's dead as far as I'm concerned and as far as James is concerned."