Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce has admitted his disappointment at failing to bring in more new players to Eastlands during the January transfer window.
Former Everton full-back Michael Ball and Ajaccio midfielder Djamel Abdoun joined the Blues last month, but Pearce missed out on landing a number of targets including Matthew Etherington, Mido, Collins John, Andy O'Brien, Marlon Harewood and Paul Konchesky.
"I am disappointed that we couldn't bring in two or three more during the window," Pearce told the Daily Star.
"But I can guarantee everybody that it wasn't through lack of funds or the chairman not putting money in. Clubs just didn't want to sell their players.
"Every avenue crossed my mind and we contacted every club with an asset outside the Premiership.
"But if you have a commodity, there is a price on it and clubs didn't want to sell."
Pearce, however, managed to hang onto his star men including Joey Barton, Micah Richards and Sylvain Distin, who were subject to interest from other clubs.
He continued: "We didn't want to let any of our big hitters go and we were true to our word.
"They wanted to stay here and do something and now we just want to kick on for the rest of the season."