Everton manager David Moyes again spoke of his frustration at being unable to bring in a host of new players after seeing his side secure a 2-1 victory at West Bromwich Albion.
Goals from Leon Osman and Yakubu gave the Toffees a much-needed win, but Moyes is still downbeat about the prospects of building on last season's fifth-placed finish in the Premier League.
He said: "I've never had a more frustrating summer. We came fifth and a lot of clubs look at Everton as the right way to do things.
"We've not spent massively to finish fifth, we have progressed every year. This is the first summer where I feel I have not made any progression.
"I don't need to buy mid-Premier League players, I need to buy top players to challenge the top teams and that costs big money.
"Why is there a problem getting people in? It is a bit of everything. We've got all these injuries and I want to sign six or seven players before next week.
"I'm going to try to do something, but I can't say for sure that it is going to happen.
"All you can say is that it is not helping things, through not having brought in new blood."