Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson believes players are rejecting loan deals at Valley Parade because of the amount of competition in the squad.
Parkinson guided the League One side to the Capital One Cup final at Wembley last term, where they suffered a 5-0 defeat to Swansea, and believes the club are becoming victims of their own success.
The Bantams boss revealed he had two deals agreed for short-term loans last week but both fell through as he could not guarantee game-time.
Parkinson has only handed starts to 13 players in Bradford's opening eight league fixtures and now feels a settled squad is causing problems when it comes to acquiring new signings.
"I was talking to a couple of players and had agreed everything with two clubs," he told the Telegraph and Argus.
"But one would only let the player come if we could guarantee he was going straight in the side. We couldn't do that - and he wasn't a cheap option either.
"The other player looked at our team and thought 'I'm not going to play' so he turned it down as well. It's very difficult to come in just as back-up.
"Loans are always difficult, especially if they are younger players from Premier League or Championship clubs who want them to go out and play and gain experience. There's no point in sitting on our bench.
"But we're always in the market if we feel someone's going to improve us. That's what we've got to do."