Crawley boss John Gregory does not expect to complete any more deals until the final days of the transfer window.
Gregory extended the loan of striker Matt Tubbs until the end of the season yesterday but admits his attempts to bring in further reinforcements have proved frustrating.
The Reds boss has held talks with a number of Premier League clubs about the possibility of taking their youngsters on loan but says there is little chance of adding to his squad until just before deadline day.
Gregory said: “Everyone is waiting until the last minute, which they always do. If you approach players they will think ‘do I really want to go there, someone else might come and get me at the last minute’.
“They don’t want to commit themselves and clubs are a bit like that as well about whether they want to let people go. I’ve spoken to a couple of Premier League clubs and they are not prepared to let any of their youngsters go out at moment as they have a long list of injuries and might need them.
“If we do anything it will probably be the last minute as usual. That is how it works unless you are Manchester City or Chelsea and can offer £20 million and when they ask for £25 million you say ‘ok’ and get it done.
“We are not in that category unfortunately. I treat Crawley’s money as my own so have to be careful not to make too many mistakes. When I start to bring my own players in they have to be a success otherwise people will start to question my judgement.”