West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce admits he has become irritated by the amount of players he has failed to sign already in January.
The Hammers have reportedly missed out on Monaco striker Lacina Traore, who will join Everton on loan for the rest of the season, and he indicated that there were others he was looking to sign but was so far unable to.
"Frustrated is an understatement in the amount of deals we've tried to do in the last six to eight weeks,” he said.
"There are very few deals happening across the board at the moment because it's difficult to get top players at this level at this particular time.
"Later in this window things generally get a bit easier in financial terms, in that clubs want to move the players on. That's why you get a flood of deals in the last few days of the window.
"Our need is to produce a really good signing that can hit the ground running and have an impact right away."
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