Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has revealed he was interested in snapping up attacking pair Lee Molyneux and Matty Blair but didn’t have room in his budget.
Former Accrington man Molyneux has left Crewe for Tranmere while Fleetwood have allowed Blair to join Mansfield.
Bentley believes both would have improved his squad but players need to leave the Globe Arena before he can make January additions.
The Shrimps boss said: “There’s players moving around at the moment who I’d be interested in.
“A lad I like Blair’s just left Fleetwood. Would I have him in the team? Yes. Can I afford him? No.
“Molyneux’s another one who left Accrington and has just gone to Tranmere after being paid up by his parent club Crewe.
“Would I have him in our squad to kick us on? I would. But can I afford him? No.
“There’s no use worrying about it. I can’t affect it and it is what it is.”
Bentley’s financial situation has not changed since the start of the month and he is prepared for the possibility there may be no new arrivals in the window.
He said: “I’ve said it numerous times.
“I know what I need in the January transfer window but it’s frustrating. “I think a little injection of a couple of bodies would kick us on but it is what it is, we haven’t got a blank chequebook.
“I’ve got what I’ve got and I’ve got to go with it.
“It’s a little bit like being in Tesco and looking at a nice red wine or an expensive vodka or something like that and then checking your pocket and you’ve got nothing in the wallet.
“You go home and have a cup of tea and a glass of water instead, that’s the way it is at the moment.”