Rotherham have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Kieffer Moore after Peterborough boss Grant McCann advised his chairman not to buy the striker.
Posh appeared to be in pole position to land the 25-year-old after agreeing a fee with Ipswich, but McCann is wary about the amount of money he would cost.
The London Road club were reportedly wanting to pay £250,000 up front with significant add-ons while the Championship club are likely to want as much cash as possible in this window.
And McCann has hinted the deal might be out of Posh’s reach.
“We will look to bring one in that area,” McCann said. “Kieffer Moore is just a different option than what we have got.
“The club have tried with Ipswich, but he is expensive and it is something I would advise Barry (Fry) and the chairman to stay away from as it is a big financial commitment.
McCann on Moore: “I’ll probably advise the chairman to steer away from it because it’s a big financial commitment”
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“The chairman and Barry will make that decision. As much as I would like the boy here to give us help he is going to cost money.
“We have got other irons in the fire and we are looking at them as well.”
Posh’s director of football Fry on Wednesday also suggested that the overall deal might not appeal to chairman Darragh MacAnthony, who confirmed last night on Twitter that his club have made bids for players.
The Millers are desperate to land Moore after he scored 13 goals in 24 appearances over the first half of the season.
And if they can bring him back to the AESSEAL New York Stadium permanently that could open up the door for Jonson Clarke-Harris to leave the club.
Clarke-Harris, who enjoyed his best performance in recent times against Blackburn on Monday, has been linked with a return to Oldham, who the Millers paid a then club-record £300,000 in August 2014.