Ipswich manager Paul Jewell wants Derby striker Steve Davies - but only if the Rams drop their asking price.
Jewell signed Davies in 2008 when he was manager at Pride Park and wants to link up with the forward again to improve his options for the Tractor Boys.
He told BBC Radio Suffolk: "He's a player I admire but it' all down to cost.
"I spoke to Derby and asked about the fee and the fee is too much. I haven't got that amount of money."
Davies, 24, is available after turning down a new contract with the Rams and Jewell is keen to strengthen his squad, having only signed goalkeeper Scott Loach and defenders Luke Chambers and Elliott Hewitt so far this summer.