Hartlepool boss Mick Wadsworth has been rebuffed in trying to sign former Newcastle striker Lomana LuaLua.
Wadsworth has a close relationship with the DR Congo international having worked with him at Colchester and Newcastle.
The 30-year-old is a free agent following his release by Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia.
"I've spoken to Lomana a lot and I definitely tried to sign him," Wadsworth told the Sunderland Echo. "We were all excited by it, but we knew it was difficult.
"We discussed it and it would have been a fantastic signing, but he's not ready to come back here to England just yet. He's enjoying playing in Europe. He's had a great career and has got a few years left in him yet."