Burton Albion boss Paul Peschisolido fears he may have to spend this summer if he wants to bring a quality striker to the club.
The Canadian manager has been searching for a free transfer in the market, but is yet to sign anyone so far in the current window. Frustratingly, he believes he has found the quality but failed to convince the players in question to join the Brewers.
Peschisolido told the Burton Mail: "I've been in a for a couple of players, but unfortunately those chose to go elsewhere and it could be we are going to have to spend a bit of money to bring in someone of the right caliber.
"I have also got a couple of loan opportunities that are quite interesting, but I would prefer if possible to get someone in of the right quality who is already tried and tested.
"The problem is that players who fit that description tend to be tied to clubs contractually and the only way to get them out is to negotiate a fee.
"These days, even decent Conference strikers cost money because everyone is chasing after players who can score goals.”
With over a month until the Football League season starts there will be plenty of opportunities to trial players, but Peschisolido is keen to get someone in at the Pirelli Stadium as soon as possible.
"There are plenty of players still out there who are not yet fixed up for next season and we will be looking at people on a trial basis," he continued.
“I would like to get someone as soon as possible so they can have most of pre-season to settle in and get used to us."