Birmingham City chairman David Gold believes there is still life in a possible deal that could see Inter midfielder Patrick Vieira join up at St. Andrews.
City had reportedly called time on the move after making what was believed to be their final approach for the former Arsenal dynamo.
But Gold insists the club are set to sign more players this summer, and the door is still open for the Frenchman.
"I'd like to think there are a couple more signings who might whet the appetite and I don't think the Vieira deal is dead," he told The Metro.
"Players play it cool for a while and wait for better deals. The situation is not dissimilar to that of Michael Owen, who waited for Manchester United's offer.
"There is every possibility he [Vieira] will decide he wants to get back into the Premier League and that he can do that with us."
Vieira is not likely to be a regular feature in the first team at Inter next season and could favour a return to England.
With Arsenal, the central midfielder made over 250 appearances, winning three Premier League titles, as well as enjoying FA Cup success.
Jamie Dunn, Goal.com