Lee Clark has reiterated that Birmingham City will not be making any late transfer swoops as they have no money available.
Blues are working to a tight budget at St Andrew's, and there is no way of freeing up funds.
It is possible that allowing the likes of Marlon King and Peter Lovenkrands to leave on free transfers could make way for a loan arrival, but there will be no permanent deals done before 2nd September.
Clark told the Birmingham Mail: "Unfortunately there's nothing financial in terms of changing things.
"We have got to get on with what we have got and work with the players and try and improve them, but we've got to try and find a solution quickly to win football matches, certainly not lose them."
Clark always knew that he would find himself in this position and is keen to point out where Birmingham now stand in terms of squad salaries - with Nikola Zigic the only high-earner on their books.
He added: "You know, if I take away one player out my squad - and this isn't having a go at him because if I had been a player and that contract was put in front of me I would have signed it, I couldn't have grabbed the pen quick enough - but if he wasn't at the club, I'd have the second lowest wage bill in the Championship. End of.
"Now, he has been a big miss for us through injury. There is no denying that.
"But I am just putting the reality out there. I am telling the truth as a manager, which I have done all along."