Port Vale striker Leon Constantine has targeted a summer move to the Championship after turning down a January switch to Brighton & Hove Albion.
The 28-year-old missed out on a move to Barnsley several weeks ago and was less than keen to move to Brighton, despite the two clubs involved agreeing a £135,000 deal.
Seagulls chairman Dick Knight told The Argus: "I made an offer to Port Vale, which they accepted, of £135,000 plus £15,000 if we got promoted and he scored 12 goals.
"I also agreed all the terms with his agent, but the player wants to play in the Championship.
"This is his moment as far as he is concerned. He thinks he has got to go to a Championship club at the start of next season."