Rochdale manager Keith Hill has admitted that he will not be able to sign a replacement for Glenn Murray before the summer.
Dale continue to push for a play-off place despite having one of the smallest wage bills in League Two, and Hill has been eyeing the loan market for any potential new arrivals.
Striker Murray moved to Brighton in January, but Hill said: "There seems to be an urgency for us to find a replacement for Glenn, but we've made nigh on 200 enquiries and have probably been knocked back on 95 per cent of them.
"We need to add to the squad, but the players we bring in have got to be the right ones. There's no frustration from us - it's just the way things are.
"The timing of things has worked against us and Glenn's sale occurring when it did, at the end of the window, gave us little, if any, time to bring in a permanent replacement.
"We had three near misses, deals we thought had been completed, but each one fell through. What we need is what we had, but these things happen in football."