Hull City boss Steve Bruce says he is hoping to make at least one more signing before the transfer window shuts but says the high wages of likely candidate Nicklas Bendtner could prove a stumbling block.
Bruce has taken Bendtner on loan during his time as manager at both Birmingham and Sunderland, and the Arsenal man could now be available on a more permanent deal.
However, Bruce thinks the Denmark international may prove unobtainable and pointed out that top strikers are not easy to acquire.
Asked if he was interested in Bendtner, Bruce said: "Everyone assumes that but the problem with Nic is whether I can afford him. He has a huge salary.
"I've been able to get him on loan at my last two clubs. I know the lad, he has terrific ability, but it's difficult with the amount of money he earns at the minute.
"For us to go and make a huge difference, to get a striker who can get 20 goals a year, where does a club like ours get them?
"They are few and far between and, if they are capable of getting 20 goals a season, they're usually too expensive.
"Can you get one in? It's always difficult but we're always trying. We're looking to get maybe one more in. That will prove difficult but we're working away."
Bruce expects backlash
Hull face Manchester City away in Saturday's early kick-off and Bruce knows their hosts will be eager to make amends for a loss to Cardiff last Sunday.
"We're expecting a backlash," said Bruce. "They will be desperately disappointed with how they lost that game. I didn't think they deserved to lose but Cardiff were terrific in that last 20 minutes.
"We've got to take the backlash of a big team and we have to be ready for that challenge.
"The big thing is to take part in the game and pose a few problems ourselves, if we can."