Emiliano Sala: Cardiff City bid for Argentine striker rejected by Nantes
Cardiff City's pursuit of Emiliano Sala could be over after having their bid rejected by French club Nantes.
Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock suggested they would not increase their offer for the 28-year-old Argentine striker.
Warnock is keen to increase his attacking options, especially with top scorer Callum Paterson and Kenneth Zohore both sidelined with injury.
"We did originally (make an offer) but that was turned down and we haven't been back since," Warnock said.
"We won't have a gun pointed to our head figures-wise. Sala's a good player but there's no guarantee he is going to come and rip the Premier League up. It's a different standard."
Warnock had travelled to France to watch Sala play for Nantes, with the striker having scored 13 goals in 18 games for the Ligue 1 side this season.
Sala, who has not been capped by Argentina, joined Nantes from Bordeaux for around £1m in July 2015 and the 6ft 2in frontman is now reportedly valued at £25m.
Cardiff, who are just out of the Premier League relegation zone in 17th, have found goals hard to come by this season - scoring 18 in 19 league games.
Scotland international Paterson missed the 0-0 Boxing Day draw at Crystal Palace with a knee problem and remains a doubt for Saturday's trip to Leicester City, while Danish forward Zohore is also not available with a thigh problem.
"He (Paterson) has hurt his knee. We have had the result of the scan and it's not too bad," Warnock said.
"It's not the one he had an operation on, the other one. It was in the last game. He is just a bit sore and we only had the scan yesterday (Christmas Day). I just said it's not worth risking.
"I thought the rest might do him the world of good. I wouldn't write him off yet for Leicester but he should be okay for the Tottenham game (on New Year's Day."
"Ken Zohore could be out for a few weeks - he has pulled his thigh muscle which is a shame because I wanted to play him (at Crystal Palace).
"I wanted to see if he was going to play like he has trained in the last few weeks. He has worked so hard so it's really disappointing for Ken and for us."