Motherwell manager Stuart McCall admits there is 'very little' chance of agreeing a short-term deal with forward James McFadden.
The Scotland international, who was released by Everton, joined his former team-mates on the first day of pre-season.
However, McCall has already seen a £200,000 cut to his budget and has lost a number of players from last season, after Stephen Craigan retired and Tim Clancy left for Hibernian and now influential midfielder Steve Jennings is set to follow.
McCall told MFCTV: "We're allowing James to train which is good but there is very little chance of him joining us obviously.
"Unless he wants to play centre-half and play for nothing! Losing Clancy and Craigan, it's imperative we get a centre-back in."
McCall added: "Steve Jennings, through his agent, told us last week he probably wouldn't be back.
"Maybe a lot of what's happening with Scottish football at the moment is going through his head.
"So we are three down and we let Ross Forbes, Gary Smith, young (Steven) Lawless, (Ross) McKinnon and (Jordan) Halsman go.
"We are threadbare to say the least. If we compare it with other SPL clubs it might be similar. With what's on the horizon with the Rangers business, clubs are going to have to cut their cloth accordingly.
"It's not ideal preparation for the Champions League but we just have to get on with it."