Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has revealed he failed in an attempt to bring Scotland forward James McFadden to Pittodrie during the transfer window.
McFadden, 28, was released by Birmingham City on June after being unable to agree terms on a new contract and is available on a free transfer.
Brown attempted to convince the former Motherwell attacker to make a return to the SPL after eight years south of the border, but the Dons' boss admitted that it was impossible to compete with English clubs for McFadden's signature.
"I spoke to McFadden three or four weeks ago," Brown told the Daily Record. "My thinking was if he signed for us for six months he would give us a real lift.
"The move would also have got him match-fit and put him in the shop window. But of course, with his reputation he didn't need to be in the shop window. He will get another club when he is fully fit.
"He was flattered by our approach. His preference was to stay in England which was understandable and Aberdeen cannot compete with the wages on offer down there.
"That was the end of the matter. I didn't make our approach public because I didn't want false hopes among our supporters."
McFadden has not played since last August, when an anterior cruciate ligament injury ruled him out for the remainder of the 2010-11 season, which ended with Birmingham's relegation to the Championship.