Swindon Town’s pursuit of former loan sensation Jake Young from Bradford City has been ended after they were priced out of a potential permanent deal.

Young was a revelation during his time in Wiltshire as he bagged 16 goals during his temporary spell on loan from the Bantams, second only to Macaulay Langstaff in English football’s top four divisions. He found the back of the net more often during six months in Swindon than he has in the entirety of his career beforehand.

The 22-year-old was swiftly recalled by Graham Alexander once the January transfer window opened but was not included in the matchday squad for their defeat against Crawley Town last weekend due to an injury which had been hampering him at the end of his Town career.

The Telegraph and Argus reported that Bradford had already turned down one offer for Young from an unnamed club because it did not meet their valuation.

When asked whether Swindon had looked to make his move a permanent one, Michael Flynn said that the price he had been quoted meant that it would not be a possibility.

He said: “We had already set those processes in motion to do that [trying to sign Young and Dan Kemp permanently] but what I will say is that there is no chance of getting Jake Young in terms of his transfer fee.

“Because of the amount of time he has got left on his contract and his age [it is high].

“I would say that if Jake Young goes then it is going to be to a high-end League One or Championship club because of the money involved.”

Flynn also said that any move for fellow former loanee Kemp was going to be highly unlikely during this month.

Kemp hit 14 goals and set up eight more whilst with Swindon before returning to Milton Keynes Dons and Flynn said he did not want to give false hope that a return was on the cards.

He said: “With Daniel, we have tried on numerous occasions to turn it into a permanent [deal] and to extend it [the loan] but to no avail.

“Yes [we have moved on from them as options], I am not going to build up anybody’s hopes of it or even give myself a little hint of it.

“I would love to have those two here, but the reality is that they won’t be."