Portsmouth have missed out on a Premier League striker keen to join the side, according to head of recruitment Luke Dowling.
Dowling has now turned his attention to two alternative forward targets but apart from revealing both ply their trade in League One, the Pompey official is keeping his cards close to his chest.
"A Premier League striker we spoke to was prepared to come here because he wasn't in the 25-man squad at his parent club," Dowling told the Chichester Observer.
"Unfortunately, though, we can't do a loan until the January window, which is what he wanted. We are only working a month at a time. So now we are just waiting on two managers to come back to us regarding a striker from each club.
"They are both playing in this league and one of them has Championship experience. One of the managers is just waiting to make sure he gets his strikers back fit, which will allow us to take one of his on loan.
"The other played in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday. We will get there and I'm sure we'll get one in for Saturday at least."