Sochaux president Jean-Claude Plessis still retains an interest in signing Liverpool forward Anthony Le Tallec, but admits financial constraints could scupper any potential deal.
Le Tallec spent last season on loan at Sochaux, who are looking to bring him back for another spell in the Franche-Comte region.
Plessis admitted, however, that his side cannot compete with the wages on offer at the Reds.
'It is no longer a question of getting an additional attacker, save perhaps Anthony,' Plessis told French newspaper L'Est Republicain.
'But that remains subject to conditions that we all know about.
'He has an English salary and I can't break the wage bill of this club like that.'
Sochaux, who will play in the UEFA Cup this season, have until August 31 to add to their squad.
Liverpool's recruitment of a raft of attackers over the summer means Le Tallec's chances of first-team football at Anfield this season are limited.
The player spent 2005-06 on loan at Sunderland, scoring three league goals in their unsuccessful fight to stay in the Premiership.