Crewe boss Steve Davis has admitted his frustration that a potential move for former Iron loanee John Lundstram has been blocked by the board at Gresty Road.
Lundstram, who was released by Everton this summer, was the Crewe managers’ number one summer target and had been in talks with the Railwaymen for two months.
Davis concedes that the player is now likely to move to a Championship club.
“I had a conversation with the board last night about John and we haven’t quite been able to do that,” Davis said.
“I would have liked to have brought our number one target in but it’s now likely that he will move somewhere else.
“We had really positive talks, I have met him and John was very keen to come. We almost agreed the deal but then everyone at the club didn’t quite feel that we could do a deal.
“Again it’s disappointing but this is football, it happens in negotiations and we move on.
“John accepted our offer but the powers that be would not allow it.
“I am frustrated, there was two-and-a-half months of conversations with this player, lots of conversations, he had opportunities to go to the Championship but he recognises he needs to play some football.
“He doesn’t want to go as a squad player to a higher league, but there’s where he’ll end up, he’ll go to the Championship somewhere and he recognises as a young 21-year-old he needs to play.
“He’s been on loan at a number of clubs, been involved in two promotions, captained England in four age groups and I saw it as an investment for us, an exciting player to come in to the team and the sort of player we should welcome but at the last minute we’ve not been able to do it as not all parties have agreed on it.
“It’s frustrating, but we move on, I’ve accepted it.”