Steve Kean admits the futures of Blackburn Rovers' three loan acquisitions are up in the air.
With the season now at a close Rovers have seen loan spells concluded for Mame Diouf, Roque Santa Cruz and Jermaine Jones.
Jones will head back to Germany and Schalke, while Diouf and Santa Cruz will return to Manchester and their parent clubs at United and City respectively.
Kean admits that the club had hoped to agree figures for the loan men when they arrived at Ewood Park, yet after failing to nail down a price they remain in the dark with the transfer window approaching.
With the club committed to new arrivals in the summer, Kean is hopeful that a deal can be struck for any or all of the trio.
"We have to respect the parent clubs. When we got the lads in on loan we tried to fix prices up straight away and we were not able to do that," he told the Lancashire Telegraph.
"Now the loan periods are up we will be in contact with those clubs and we will see the availability of the players.
"If they are available and we have got the funds to pursue it then that is something we can take a view on.
"After that if they are available and we want them and they want to come then we will see if we can get something done. If not we will move on to other targets.
"Obviously Mame goes back to Manchester United, Roque goes back to City and Jermaine goes back to Schalke, so if we can get the three of them in then that is fantastic if not then that is three positions we will definitely fill.
"You have to respect the parent clubs because they didn't want to make it permanent and that was obviously for a reason. Maybe they want to sell the player, maybe they want to bring him back into their own squad.
"They were very strong in saying it was only a loan to start with."