Luton Town boss John Still has said he would like to sign Norwich City midfielder Cameron McGeehan, but cannot afford the youngster.
The 19-year-old played 18 times while on loan at Luton last term, helping them win promotion to League Two.
"We spoke to them and the amount of money they wanted was not for this level - not even for one up," Still told BBC Three Counties Radio.
"I know he plays for Norwich, but he's a Luton player."
McGeehan, a former Chelsea youngster, captained Norwich to FA Youth Cup success in 2013.
And he became a fan favourite at Kenilworth Road, particularly for the three goals he scored in the final six games of last season's Conference title-winning campaign.
"If it was possible to bring in Cameron McGeehan we would certainly be interested. He's a very good player," said Still.
"We loaned players last year because we had to. We don't have to loan now.
"We want to develop our own players, but would we be interested in bringing him on a permanent? Yes we would."