Motherwell manager Stuart McCall does not expect James McFadden to re-sign at Fir Park following contract talks.
McCall had a promising discussion with free agent McFadden on Friday after being given the green light to make at least one signing.
But the Scotland forward, who has been training with his former club all summer, held subsequent talks with chief executive Leeann Dempster but they failed to secure a deal.
McCall said: "I spoke to James on Friday and we had a good football chat, it was open.
"Since then James has spoken to people who are a lot higher than I am at Motherwell who deal with the purse strings and I don't think the outcome was favourable.
"He was back in training today but I don't think the money side of it quite added up."