Sam Allardyce has conceded that Bolton may struggle in what remains of the January transfer window after missing out on David Dunn.
The midfielder opted to join Blackburn Rovers after going so far as to undergo a medical at The Reebok Stadium, and Allardyce admits The Trotters were pinning all their hopes on Dunn before his decision to move to Ewood Park.
With under two weeks to go until the end of January, the Trotters boss is concerned that he lacks the sufficient time to land his secondary targets.
"We had put everything on the back burner in terms of negotiating anything else as, having spoken to David and with the medical looking okay, it seemed we were all going to get it done and dusted," said Allardyce.
"We have now lost a few days and we have not pushed anything else because we would not have had any funds to bring anyone else in. We put all our eggs in one basket.
"Now we have a bit of time to resurrect something else but it is unlikely to be in this country.
"That is a difficult decision to make because it is going to be from Europe but we will see what we can do."
Allardyce has proved to be the master of picking up bargains from the continent - with Youri Djorkaeff and Ivan Campo amongst his success stories - but the Bolton boss admits more managers are now identifying similar targets.
"It is more difficult now than ever before because everyone is looking for the same players," Allardyce added.
"When one becomes available there is always a whole host of others interested and that inflates the transfer fees and inflates the wages - as we have already seen in this window - to astronomical proportions.
"We will go right to 31st January if we have to and see whether we can produce the sort of quality which we need to add to our very good season up to now and which we will be trying our best not to let slip."