Nikola Zigic rejected the offer to be among the Birmingham City substitutes for Saturday's game with Charlton, on the basis others were more deserving.
Birmingham returned to winning ways with a crucial 1-0 home victory over promotion-chasing Brentford to ease their fears of dropping back into the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone.
It was a welcome win only hours after the midlands club reassured the Football League they are not in financial difficulty and that they have the cash to complete the season.
Following eight games without a win Birmingham carved out this victory as a result of an unfortunate 40th-minute own goal from Brentford centre-back James Tarkowski.
But they had to hang onto their slender lead after Stephen Gleeson was sent off in the 87th minute for stamping on Alex Pritchard.
Bournemouth have been repeatedly knocked back in their pursuit for Birmingham winger Damarai Gray.
The Championship leaders have made numerous bids for the 18-year-old, but have been turn down each time, including their latest offer of £5million.
Burton Albion have confirmed the departure of manager Gary Rowett, who has joined Birmingham in a similar role.
Rowett, 40, leaves the Staffordshire club in third place in League Two.
Birmingham parted company with Lee Clark on Friday, with the club currently sitting second from bottom in the Championship.
During his playing career Rowett spent two years on the books at St Andrews.
Former Birmingham City defender Gary Rowett is set to become the club's new manager.
Lee Clark was dismissed last week after a disappointing start to the season.
This was compounded on Saturday when the team lost 8-0 at home to Bournemouth.
Burton boss Rowett has seen off competition from Owen Coyle and Mike Phelan to land the St Andrews role.
Rowett's current backroom staff - assistant manager Kevin Summerfield, first-team coach Mark Sale and goalkeeping coach Kevin Poole - could well join him at St Andrew's, having all played for the Blues.
The Birmingham City striker Marlon King has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a three car accident on the A46 in Nottinghamshire.
A 35-year-old man was flown by air ambulance to hospital with serious injuries following the crash yesterday afternoon.
The 33-year-old Championship footballer has been released bail pending further inquiries.
A spokesman for Birmingham City said: "We are aware of a road traffic accident involving our player and the matter is now being investigated by the police."