Plymouth chairman of football Peter Ridsdale believes the travelling distance has put Coventry's Freddy Eastwood off a loan to Home Park.
Striker Eastwood, currently surplus to requirements with the Sky Blues, was approached by the Pilgrims with a view to a temporary stint in Devon.
However, the Wales international turned down the opportunity, leading Ridsdale to contemplate why.
"He was just one of the players that we sounded out. So yes, the question was asked but, for whatever reason - maybe the distance was a factor - he did not want to come down," Ridsdale told the Plymouth Herald.
"It's no secret that Plymouth need someone to put the ball into the back of the net and an experienced player at the other end to help us stop conceding goals.
"But we've got feelers out to a number of football clubs and I'm reasonably optimistic that we will have one, if not two, new faces in time for Saturday."