Stoke City boss Tony Pulis is eager to add to his squad in the remaining weeks of the market.
Stoke are keen on Tottenham duo Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios, speculation chairman Peter Coates recently confirmed.
"What the chairman says, he says, but as far as I'm concerned deals should be done between clubs," he told Sky Sports News.
"I think too much gets out. We should really get on with it between club and club. You talk about one club and two individuals, but we've been talking to other clubs as well about other players.
"That's the way hopefully we'll do our business. When it happens, it happens. You (the media) can speculate because you have to fill your time and space and I understand it.
"I think we're looking for about five or six players if we can. We could do with desperately getting those players in as quickly as possible, but we have to do it within the structure of this football club.
"I can tell you we're not going for Adebayor," he added, in response to a question over interest in Joey Barton. "He's one we're not going for."