Manager Gary Waddock has confirmed that Aldershot Town will not be signing sought-after Peterborough United striker Ricky Miller due to financial restraints.
The 28-year-old scored 42 goals in 43 games for Dover Athletic last season which led to him landing a move at the League One club.
But Miller has made just four starts for Posh amid being charged for assault on a police officer and threatening behaviour.
It is believed that six League Two clubs were interested in signing Miller but Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony has revealed the player has turned down several offers.
“It hasn’t worked out, we see value in him, all these clubs see value in him,” MacAnthony told BBC Cambridgeshire.
“He’d prefer a move closer to home – typical footballers – but I’m not willing to do that, the club closer to home isn’t even competing financially.”
“Ricky’s turned down about five different clubs. He’s turning loads of them down and it’s driving me mad because he’s not going to get game time here.
“If he’s going to base it on geography and whatever else he’s in the wrong industry – if you’re going to base moves on geography being a football player, don’t play football.
“I’ve sat people in the stands before when they’ve played that game with me – I’ve been there and they think I’m bluffing, I’m not.”
National League promotion hopefuls Aldershot have, at times this season, lacked a cutting edge in the final third but despite appreciating Miller’s talents, Waddock says the club does not have the finances to sign him.
“He is a good player but no, we wouldn’t be able to do anything,” he told GetSurrey. “It would be a financial issue. He is a good player and has a good record at this level so I think that a number of clubs would be interested in him but he is a little bit too far out of our reach [financially].
“We have been low on numbers especially after [Bernard] Mensah went to Bristol Rovers. But Mark Butler [commercial manager] with the 500 Club has done a magnificent job to get some funds in for us so if we can strengthen the group, as we have done in recent weeks, then why not?
“It gives us more competition, more options and also we can fill the bench now which is really nice.”