They may have bought up nearly everyone else, but there was relief this morning when Manchester City manager Mark Hughes confirmed that he has absolutely no interest whatsoever in securing the services of former Rochdale striker Lee McEvilly.
The Sky Blues boss has already swooped to bring in a swathe of new recruits, most recently Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure. Prior to that, he made the buy of the century when securing the services of Carlos Tevez from Manchester United, as well as Roque Santa Cruz and Gareth Barry, and it had been thought that Hughes would eventually swoop to buy every player in Britain in a desperate attempt to mount a challenge to neighbours, Manchester United.
Today though, it emerged that, although Hughes had McEvilly, 27, watched several times whilst he was on loan at Barrow recently, he regards him as "next to useless", and that he will not be watching him again - for a while, at least.
The striker, who has been in his third spell at Spotland, joined on loan from Cambridge in November last year, scoring five goals in four appearances.
However, McEvilly has found first team opportunities at Rochdale at a premium since making his loan move permanent in January, and ended the season on loan at Holker Street. Having made 120 appearances in total for Rochdale, scoring 35 goals, he had hoped that, as Man City are buying anything that moves, he might have stood a chance of being snapped-up by Mark Hughes.
Since May, McEvilly has been keeping fit, kicking tin cans around the streets of Rochdale in the hope that a big club might come along and give him his big chance.
Today though, Hughes said:
"He's a quality striker, and would have fit straight into our squad of misfits, journeymen and useless no-hopers, but, even with the enormous pot of money we have available to us, there has to be a limit to how much team can chuck away."