Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh has urged the club to sign a new striker but the fear of a possible significant fine for fan disorder could be preventing the board from committing to new spending.
Veh has seen his striking options depleted with Benjamin Kohler sold to Kaiserslautern, Dorge Kouemaha expected to have his loan cut short as Club Brugge plan a sale, and Rob Friend set for talks with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Veh is desperate for reinforcements to keep his side's challenge for Champions League football alive.
"Since we have seen Kohler, Friend and Kouemaha go, it is absolutely necessary to do something," he said in Kicker.
However, it is not clear if the club's board will sanction a signing.
Their 3-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday was marred by fireworks and flares from the visiting supporters, causing the match to be halted for almost 10 minutes.
Eintracht have issued a formal apology, but with their fans considered among the worst offenders in the Bundesliga they are at possible risk of a stadium ban and or a fine.
That could see the cost run to seven figures, limiting their ability to act in the transfer market.
"We could be charged," added Veh. "But that's no longer my problem."