Newry City have failed in their attempts to lure Glentoran striker Andy Waterworth to the Showgrounds.
The Glens are understood to have swiftly rejected an offer of £5,000 from the border club for the former Northern Ireland under-21 international.
Waterworth is also believed to have told manager Scott Young that he has no intention of leaving the Oval, which means that any deal is now dead.
Newry boss Gerry Flynn is, however, still hopeful of clinching a deal to sign Crusaders winger Martin Donnelly.
“I am very keen on Martin Donnelly and Crusaders have told us a price that they will accept,” said Flynn.
“We have to decide if we will go to that price, but I would like to speak to Martin himself so that I can sell the club to him.
“Both Martin and Andy Waterworth are young players with good attitudes and that fits in with what we are looking for at Newry.
“We are searching high and low for quality players, but we won’t be signing players for the sake of it, they have to be the right ones.”
A late rally saw City take a point at home to Coleraine on Tuesday night and it’s that single point that currently separates them from Donegal Celtic at the bottom of the table, but there is no panic from Flynn.
“We played well in the second-half against Coleraine and things are still in our own hands,” he said.
“We have to play the teams above us and that gives us a chance to close the gap on them.”
e NEWRY had been due to host Dungannon Swifts last night, but a frozen pitch meant it was postponed. The teams are now hoping to play the game this afternoon, but that depends very much on the playing surface thawing out.