Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has revealed the Bluebirds tried in vain to keep Craig Bellamy from the clutches of Liverpool on deadline day.
The 31-year-old spent last season on loan at his hometown club from Manchester City, but was unable to help them secure a passage into the Barclays Premier League.
Cardiff were, however, keen to bring to Bellamy back to South Wales before the close of the transfer window, but had to step aside when Liverpool made their interest known.
"You're talking about Liverpool, which is a huge club," Mackay said.
"[Bellamy's] someone I've spoken to three or four times since I've taken the job, in a friendly capacity.
"Really until Manchester City decided what they were going to do, I think there was nothing I could have done.
"Certainly we looked at something and put a proposition when we found out it was an opportunity that he'd be leaving.
"But at the end of the day you're talking about Liverpool, which is a huge club.
"But our chairman really showed ambition yesterday and we'd made tentative calls, but by that point it was so far down the road with Liverpool."