Wigan Athletic manager Uwe Rosler has admitted that he wants to reinforce his attacking department.
The Latics have been linked with two attack-minded players, one of them being Brentford midfielder Adam Forshaw and the other Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome.
However, the Championship club are struggling to land their transfer targets due to the inflated prices of the players in the market.
“The problem is the market is more or less destroyed at the moment – not just in the Premier League but in the Championship too,” Rosler said in the Wigan Evening Post.
“The figures some teams in this division has spent on strikers is something we just can’t compete with. It’s difficult to get in the kind of quality we need with the wage packets we can afford to pay out.
“We have a strong team and we are only lacking up front. We have known that for some time but it’s not easy – especially when you’re trying to run a football club in a responsible way like we are.
“For us, it’s tough because we have less income this year than last, and the year before that, and we have to adapt more and more to life in the Championship while pushing on to try to win promotion.
“When you are talking £11million for a Championship striker and £5million for a striker who hasn’t played above League One, it’s very difficult for a club like ours to compete.
“We are trying to find solutions, and we are working extremely hard. At the moment, though, lady luck is not on our side.”