Brian Laws admits he is uncertain as to whether he will be able to make a move for Derby's Luke Varney.
The Sheffield Wednesday boss has been impressed by the striker since he moved to Hillsborough on loan in August.
Varney also enjoyed a productive spell with the Owls last term, and he has made quite an impression on Laws.
He has scored three goals in 12 outings this season, but is set to return to Pride Park in January.
Laws is hoping to have an agreement in place by then to keep the 27-year-old in Sheffield, but admits any permanent move relies on Wednesday attracting financial investment.
"It goes two ways here, one - absolutely no chance if we don't get new finances ourselves because as it stands, Luke Varney has not just got this season but a further two years with Derby County," he said when pressed on the matter.
"They will want a sizeable fee to recover some of the money back they have spent on him. So if we get the finances in place to do that, that's the only way we will get him on a permanent basis.
"But we could possibly still have him on loan for the second part of the season, there's still that opportunity and that's the avenue we are looking down currently.
"It's just a matter of waiting and seeing now. We're hoping finances come in before January but if they don't we have to look at what we have got and try and keep him on loan."