Blackpool can’t compete other clubs in this month’s transfer window, according to manager Gary Bowyer.
The Seasiders boss has been working night and day to bolster his squad, with a striker at the top of his shopping list.
Targets have been identified, but with the club up for sale and the Oystons desperately trying to save cash, there’s little room for Bowyer to manoeuvre.
His search for players has been made even more difficult by the sudden departure of chief executive Alex Cowdy on Saturday.
Bowyer said: “From a recruitment point of view, we’re trying our socks off to be perfectly honest in terms of phone calls and finding out what’s available.
“But with the demands of other clubs and what they’re willing to pay, we just can’t compete. It’s as simple as that, so we have to readjust where we shop.”
During the first half of the window, Pool extended midfielder Sean Longstaff’s loan from Newcastle until the end of the season and loaned QPR keeper Joe Lumley, while Raul Correia and Myles Boney have been loaned out to York City and Nantwich Town respectively.
Bowyer refused to be drawn on whether he will have to ship players out before bringing more in.
Speaking after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Bristol Rovers, he indicated that the loan market is the most likely source of new players.
Bowyer said: “We’ve still got one loan available to us, so that’s what we’re trying to get done.
“We had seven players missing against Bristol Rovers. If you look at the calibre of those players it’s a big thing for us and something we’ve got to try to address.”
Blackpool are in FA Youth Cup fourth round action against Southampton at Bloomfield Road tonight (7pm).