Brighton chief Paul Barber admits shopping in England is proving too difficult for the Premier League new boys.
The Seagulls have so far recruited midfielder Pascal Gross and defender Markus Suttner from German club Ingolstadt and Aussie goalkeeper Matt Ryan.
“British players have always been bought and sold at a premium," said Barber. “That is the nature of the market.
“It is no coincidence our first three signings have been from outside the UK. That is not to say we won't consider UK signings, of course we will, but it is not easy and very expensive."
Barber also reckons greedy overseas clubs are taking advantage of the Premier League cash cow.
Barber added: “This is the market we are in. It is tough, the prices are high and the Premier League club prices are inflated as a matter of routine."