Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hoping to finalise deals for a defender and a striker over the next eight days.
The Toon are facing a race against time before the transfer window closes to conclude deals for their main targets.
They are also facing a complaint made to Fifa by French club Sochaux, who are unhappy with the North East club's alleged unofficial conduct with striker Modibo Maiga.
Pardew removed himself from those negotiations, saying: "I can't tell you anything about that. My brief is to highlight players I think would take the club forward, and the club's job is to get it over the line.
"I am not involved in that."
The club are also looking to replace left back Jose Enrique who joined Liverpool this summer.
They have been linked with PSV Eindhoven full back Erik Pieters, Lyon's Aly Cissokho and Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge.
Pardew is remaining optimistic: "You need to have some sort of strategic planning about what you are doing and some sort of game plan, and hopefully we are going to call that right.
"But you can get something out of the woodwork which throws it into disarray and you need Plan B and then you need Plan C.
"We are hoping we stick to Plan A, but we will see.
"There are one or two big moves which could happen - I don't think they are going to happen last minute because the other clubs will want to do some business too.
"But of course by our own example, it can happen. We would like to do our business before then, but if it goes to that time, that's the time it will go to."