Aberdeen have been warned they will have to splash major cash if they are to land Motherwell striker Louis Moult.
The Dons have had bids of £400,000 and £250,000 rejected by the Steelmen for the attacker.
That is nowhere near Motherwell’s valuation of Moult who still has a year left on his contract.
It is understood Motherwell will look for at least half a million for a player who boss Stephen Robinson has already offered a new deal to.
Pittodrie boss Derek McInnes has turned his attention towards Moult, 25, as Preston striker Stevie May looks set to remain at Deepdale.
McInnes still remains hopeful of signing Scotland cap Shaun Maloney although the deal has stalled due to an injury problem flagged up by Maloney.
Motherwell boss Robinson warned the Dons: “Aberdeen’s bid wasn’t anywhere near our valuation.”
Aberdeen secured former West Ham and Cardiff City striker Nicky Maynard, 30, on a one-year deal before the Uefa deadline to register players for the Europa League second qualifying leg.
That closed at 11pm on Friday and McInnes had been hopeful of adding another signing before that deadline.
However, one wild card signing can still be registered up to 24 hours before Thursday’s first leg tie against NK Siroki Brijeg of Bosnia.
McInnes would not comment on Moult, but said: “We can still make one signing after the deadline, up to 24 hours before the game, but from an understanding point of view we would like to get them with us as soon as possible
“We want to make a couple of signings as it is important for the rest of the squad that we bring in players who they see as really helping us.
“We have made a few enquiries and offers for several players over the last few weeks.
“Some you get and some you don’t.
“It is never easy signing players.
“I am looking to bring in a player who can play several positions as flexibility is important.
“We are also looking at bringing in a wide player who is a ball carrier.
“We lost Jonny Hayes and Niall McGinn, so I am looking for the type of player who can get us up the pitch quickly.
“I also want to get another central defender in.”
Aberdeen have also been linked with Icelandic defender Kari Arnason who played at Pittodrie for a season in 2011-12, he is currently with AC Omonia in Cyprus.
Arnason has admitted to the Evening Express that he would be keen on a return to Aberdeen.
The Dons have refused to rule out that possibility.
One deal that McInnes insists is still on is the bid to sign Maloney, the Reds’ No1 summer signing target.
Maloney agreed to join the Dons having rejected a one-year contract extension with Hull City, relegated to the Championship.
The deal has been put on ice as the club and Maloney further investigates an injury concern flagged up by the Aberdeen-raised attacker.
McInnes said: “It says a lot about Shaun. He deserves a lot of credit as he had that little concern and was very honest about it.
“We never gave him a medical, so he never failed one but we had a discussion with the medical team and there is still a willingness to do a deal.
“We are hopeful that we can get Shaun with us but what is clear is that he is not going to be fit for the next few weeks or so.
“We’ll dig a bit deeper to get more reassurances for us and for Shaun himself.
“Shaun got a little operation towards the end of last season for a general problem.
“A lot of players would just get in the door and hope everything goes alright but Shaun is not like that.
“I am just keen to get him on the pitch for Aberdeen.
“Unfortunately for us he is not going to be fit for the next few weeks so the priority for me has to be to get players who can help us now.”