Oldham boss Ronnie Moore admits he is becoming increasingly frustrated at his failure to bring in new players.
With Moore having taken Oldham to within two points of a play-off place, the club's board have said he can bring in a couple of loan signings to boost a final push for The Championship.
However, despite having been able to pinpoint the type of players he is keen to bring to Boundary Park, thus far his search has proven fruitless.
Reeling off a list of players who he has tried and failed to land, Moore admits he will have to set his sights elsewhere before Thursday's deadline.
"It's been a nightmare to be honest, we've phoned umpteen clubs,'' Moore told the club's official website.
''We've been trying to get Warren Feeney from Luton Town, Nick Chadwick at Plymouth Argyle, Michael Chopra at Newcastle United, and Gifton Noel-Williams who's at Burnley.
"Danny Graham at Middlesbrough was another one as were (Chris) Brown and (Daryl) Murphy at Sunderland because we thought we could give them games.
"Paul McLaren (Rotherham United) was another one as was Karl Henry at Stoke City - I've seen him play quite a lot but I've been banging on doors and been getting nowhere.
"Michael Cummins at Port Vale was another, but we're looking for them to come in now and for next season.''
Moore has also had a bid for son Ian Moore rejected by Leeds, whilst he is still to make up his mind with regards making an approach for Jim Magilton.
"I've been hanging on and seeing what we can do in midfield as well because Jim Magilton wants this season and another year on top, so we've got to decide on that,'' he concluded.
Meanwhile, club medics are baffled by an injury to defender Will Haining after an ultrasound revealed that there was no evidence to suggest injury to either the Achilles or calf.