Tottenham boss Juande Ramos admits he wants to add experience to his squad.
It was reported last weekend that Ramos' shopping list had been rejected by the board because the wanted players were all over 26.
"Yes, we need experience and leadership," Ramos said. "Because the team is very young, it's possible we need somebody to take responsibility and cope with the pressure we're under at the moment."
Ramos, though, is wary of the quality of players available in January.
"I don't like the January transfer market because the good players are already with their teams," said the Spurs head coach.
"If a team has a good player, they are not going to give him away. In January, the only teams that sign players are the desperate teams.
"You've got to make your signings calmly and be certain about what you want and what you need."
He added: "If we have possibilities in important competitions we will weigh it up. If that isn't the case, we are not going to spend money or do things that don't interest us this season.
"At the moment we're in the UEFA Cup group stages and if we get through them, the competition starts again in March. By then, the transfer window will have closed. We will have to take the decision when we know whether we are in or out."