West Brom boss Sam Allardyce admits he's already missed three transfer targets this past week.
Allardyce revealed he has missed out on three players this week after their club's changed the terms of the loan arrangement late on.
“We've had three say yes that then turned into a no," Allardyce said.
“Promises were there but when it came to the reality of completing, there was a change, there is suddenly another stipulation that we have to overcome.
“What's difficult for us at the moment is that we can't buy a player, we can only loan.
“We've had to look at players from aboard who we were told were available for loan.
“That's generally an enticement by the club in Europe.
“They try to get you in – then they think when they have enticed you, you will go all the way.
“But unfortunately, in our situation, we can't do that. We've had to say if it's not a loan we can't do that.
“We have to be patient. I cannot afford to bring a player into the club who isn't good enough."
Despite a frustrating week, Allardyce is still confident he will get the additions he needs – although he is concerned they won't arrive until later in the window.
“I'm optimistic because there have been more players made available for loan this month than ever before," he continued. “That is because everyone is struggling financially.
“I think if we can offer a subsidy to a club to take over a player's salary and bonuses on top of that, that's something that may arise, probably more towards the end of the window, rather than now.
“The problem is that there are four more games in that time and we cannot let them drift us by – they're very crucial games for us."