Tony Pulis has confirmed that Stoke City are busy working on three or four deals as they try to bring in reinforcements before Friday night's deadline.
The Potters have recruited Geoff Cameron, Michael Kightly and Jamie Ness this summer but Pulis is still keen to add to his squad, as well as letting one or two leave.
He is hopeful that there will be some late transfer activity at the Britannia Stadium as he strives to keep pushing the club forward.
"The next couple of days will determine what we bring in, who we can bring in and everything else. We have about three or four ongoing at the moment," said Pulis.
"We need a couple, we need to freshen it up as I've said. But we also need to move one or two on, and that is important."
Stoke suffered a 4-3 defeat at home by Swindon Town in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday and finished the match with 10 men after Ness, having come on as a substitute to make his debut, was forced off during extra-time with a groin problem which Pulis said afterwards he was "a little bit concerned" about.
Pulis was disappointed with some defensive lapses - an error by goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen gifted James Collins his first goal - and with the way Stoke played in general in the first half, but was keen to give credit to Swindon for their efforts.
"I don't want to take anything away from them, I think they should celebrate the fact that they have come here and won," Pulis said.
"They played a major part in what was an extraordinary game at times."