Norwich City boss Neil Adams says Hull City's valuation of Robert Snodgrass was the overriding reason for selling the winger.
The 26-year-old Scot completed his move to the Tigers on Monday in a club record fee for an outgoing Canaries player, reportedly exceeding £6m.
"We didn't have to sell anyone but the finances involved were strongly in our favour," Adams told BBC Radio Norfolk.
"Robert was an excellent player. But the finances were a big factor."
He added: "I wish him all the best. Some players will chase moves, but Robert wasn't like that."
|Snodgrass's Norwich career|
|Joined from Leeds in July 2012|
|Scored seven goals in 40 games in first season|
|Once again was on target seven times in the 2013-14 campaign|
|Voted fans' player of the season for 2013-14|
Snodgrass was voted fans' player of the year last season as Norwich were relegated from the Premier League.
"We have money to spend. People will assume we have pots and pots - we haven't," said Adams, who was appointed manager permanently in May after taking temporary charge for the final five games of the Premier League campaign.
"The club was relegated last season and of course that means you don't just splash it around."
The Canaries have been linked with a move for Leeds striker Ross McCormack, who scored 28 Championship goals last season.
"We've made no offer for McCormack or for the others I've read about as well," said Adams.
"We're looking everywhere. There are another dozen names that we've supposedly made offers for and it just isn't true."