Bournemouth manager Paul Groves says he is still hopeful of signing Derby County defender Miles Addison.
The Cherries declared their interest in the 23-year-old as soon as his loan spell at Dean Court finished last term.
Talks have stalled in the last few weeks but Groves says that is down to the nature of football's off-season, not because the deal is dead.
"Miles is someone will are still continuing to do work around," Groves told BBC Radio Solent.
Addison played 14 times for the Cherries last season following a previous loan spell at Barnsley.
Derby have said he is surplus to requirements at Pride Park, but Rams boss Nigel Clough has previously admitted League One Bournemouth face competition from Championship clubs for his signature.
But Groves says they have not given up on signing the versatile player.
"I've spoken before about how quiet June is and even the early parts of July with regards to speaking to agents, clubs and players," added Groves.
"He is somebody we are still looking to pursue and still looking to secure."