Dave Jones admits that the Owls are currently “two or three players” away from being a team who can challenge for promotion.
But efforts continue to strengthen the squad though he has virtually given up hope of signing Kamil Zayatte.
The club have moved on to another centre-back target, with the manager commenting: “We’re working really hard to bring people in, I can promise the fans that, and we’ll continue to do that.”
“Everyone here is working hard to turn us into a team that is very hard to beat and is pushing for promotion.
“I have been lucky enough in my career to have done that. But it takes a big effort.
“We haven’t got vast amounts of money to throw at it; that doesn’t always guarantee it, but it does help along the way sometimes.”
On Zayatte, he said: “It’s not going to happen. At one stage the boy wanted to sign. It seems he has a problem with his agent or agents - he has a lot of them. Until he resolves these problems, there’s nothing we can do.”