Hamburg chairman Bernd Hoffmann says the club will not be splashing out on big-money signings this transfer window.
The Bundesliga outfit have been linked with a swoop for Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen of Juventus.
But Hoffmann has ruled out spending big, instead saying that new boss Bruno Labbadia can develop youth and build for the long-term without the worry of being sacked soon into the job.
Hoffmann told the Hamburger Morgenpost: "Players only available for £12million or £17m are not in our reach.
"Bruno Labbadia has been given the full backing of our board to build up something in the long-run.
"He is allowed to have the courage to put in a youngster that might not be performing like an experienced veteran.
"He does not need to be concerned that we will wonder about his job so soon."