Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has ruled out the possibility of permanent additions before tomorrow's deadline as he looks to get his side's season up and running.
United, who dropped to the bottom of the Championship table on Tuesday evening after losing 3-0 at Middlesbrough, were thwarted in their pursuit of Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn, who joined Derby County after they met his considerable wage demands.
Another possible target, West Ham's Jordan Hugill, then joined Boro, who had also been in the race for Waghorn, on a season-long loan deal and Wilder expects any incomings at Bramall Lane in this transfer window to be temporary moves, too.
"We won't be doing anything permanent, I don't imagine," he said. "We had one target [Waghorn] and there's no-one else out there that we feel improves us, who we'd get on a permanent.
"We've exhausted everything on that front and there are loans out there. I said that we'd be third favourites for Waghorn if everything dropped into place for other clubs, which it did.
"We couldn't compete at clubs who are at a different level to us."
United, who signed Dean Henderson, David McGoldrick, John Egan, Ben Woodburn and Kean Bryan in the close season, travel to QPR this weekend looking for their first points of the new term.
"We've improved the squad with the five new players and we haven't hit the ground running, but we're only three points off what we had at this stage of last season and we went on to lose the third, too.
"We all want more points on the board but we don't know how the season will develop, there's still a long way to go.
"But we aren't in a posititon to dictate anything in the transfer market. We're waiting. We could get a kid from League Two and take a punt, but I want players who have played in this league and so we're always waiting.
"That's the situation and I've come to accept that. We'll wait and see what drops and if something does, and players become available, then we'll be in a position to get them into the football club."