Port Vale have missed out on several summer transfer targets because the embattled League Two club remain in administration.
Manager Micky Adams admits some players have turned their back on moves to Vale Park after being put off by the continuing uncertainty at the League Two club.
It had been hoped the Football League would ratify Keith Ryder's bid to buy Vale last month. Ryder's second attempt to pass the fit and proper persons test is due to be considered shortly, although precisely when is unclear.
Adams, who was also boss at Leicester when they went into administration in, said: "I've spoken to a lot of players, even though I've not been able to sign them.
"They know Port Vale is still in administration and some of them have been uncomfortable with that, which is understandable.
"We have missed out on a few players because of it, but I am still confident we'll get others in. Make no mistake about it, Port Vale is still an attractive proposition for players."