Bolton boss Sam Allardyce has expressed his anger with David Dunn, after the Birmingham midfielder snubbed a move to the Reebok Stadium club in favour of a switch to Blackburn.
Birmingham midfielder Dunn, 27, passed a Bolton medical and was discussing terms before Blackburn submitted a late £2.2m bid for him.
“He’s told me that’s where he wants to go – simple as that,” said Allardyce.
“At the 11th-hour they have pinched him. We are extremely disappointed, but there is not a lot we can do about it.
“I always feel let down when you have got so far down the road spending so much time showing the player this is the best place to be to get his career back on track.
“But it was not quite a big enough pull compared to the town where he was born and bred.
“We were taking a gamble on a player with his injury record,” said Allardyce.
“It took a little longer than most because of the need to check out all the problems David has had.
“But sadly, I think his heart is with Blackburn.”
Dunn left Ewood Park to move to Birmingham in a £5.5m deal in the summer of 2003 after a falling out with then manager Graeme Souness.