Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed his frustration at being unable to bolster his striking options so far during the transfer window.
Eriksson has allowed unsettled strikers Georgios Samaras and Rolando Bianchi to leave the club on loan to Celtic and Lazio respectively this month.
Meanwhile, fellow frontmen Valeri Bojinov and Nery Castillo are currently sidelined with long-term injuries.
That leaves Eriksson with just Emile Mpenza, Darius Vassell and teenager Daniel Sturridge currently available and the Swede is hopeful of adding to his options before the transfer window closes on Thursday.
However, the former England boss is finding new players that will improve his squad difficult to acquire.
"We're still working, we're trying with two players at the moment but we know that time is running out," he told the club's official website.
"It's very difficult with the really big clubs, they don't want to release their great players at the moment.
"It's not a question of money, it's more a case of if they release someone they have to find a replacement and I can understand that.
"If we want to take another striker, he has got to be very good for now and for the future as well."