Wigan boss Paul Jewell has confirmed that his club made a £4m bid for Sheffield United's Phil Jagielka.
Midfielder Jagielka is a player in demand
But the Latics manager said the Blades upped their price for the 22-year-old midfielder after the bid.
"Sheffield United told us they wanted £4m. We then bid £4m and they rejected the offer. They then told us they wanted £5m," he told Wigan's website.
"That is as far as the situation has gone and we have not had the chance to speak to the player or his agent."
Earlier on Friday, Sheffield United vice-chairman Terry Robinson confirmed the club had rejected a bid for Jagielka.
"Our policy is not to sell our better players - it would take something rather alarming for us to change our mind," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.
"Wigan's bid was a substantial one, but from our point of view the rewards of keeping Phil outweighed that bid."
He added: "They have submitted a bid and we've turned it down. You'll have to ask them if they're going to come back."
And Robinson expects Jagielka to help boss Neil Warnock steer the Blades into the Premiership themselves next season.
"Unless someone comes in with a daft offer there is no reason to think he won't be at Sheffield United next season," he said.