Brighton chairman Dick Knight has revealed that Preston striker Daniele Dichio turned down a move to join the Seagulls in League One.
Dichio spent much of last season on Preston's substitutes' bench
Knight is keen to recruit a striker before the start of the new season.
But he told the Brighton website: "I agreed a fee for Dichio with the Preston chairman last week and agreed everything in terms of the finance.
"We were given clearance to approach him by Preston, but unfortunately at the moment he wants to stay there."