Reading have shelved their interest in Tottenham's Gary Doherty and Charlton's Kevin Lisbie - for the time being.
Doherty proved too much for Spurs
Royals boss Alan Pardew wanted Doherty to add competition for the centre-back positions.
But the main stumbling block was that Spurs would want to recoup most of the £1m they paid for Doherty when they signed him from Luton in April 2000.
"We had discussions about making a bid but it was too much money so things didn't progress," said Reading chief executive Nigel Howe.
"That move has gone quiet now, but could be resurrected if things change."
Former Charlton player Pardew has also been tracking Lisbie but will wait until his contract comes to an end.
"I know him very well and one day he may be a Reading player, but not just now," added Pardew.