Boss Kenny Jackett today admitted Wolves may turn to the loan market to land a striker.
The Molineux head coach has seen moves for Leicester’s Chris Wood and Crewe’s Max Clayton hit the buffers recently.
Jackett looks like having to wait for Wood after Wolves failed to agree a move for the 22 year-old, who rescued a 2-2 draw for Leicester against Everton on Saturday.
He now says their pursuit of Clayton is “in the long grass” after declaring a “big difference” in the clubs’ valuations for the 20-year-old and retains an interest in Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford.
“Sometimes you can take a player on loan, have a look at him and convert it to a permanent if he does well,” said the boss.
“It’s something we’ll use if we need to. If we can add before the transfer window shuts we will, but it doesn’t suddenly stop there.
“Wood scored on Saturday but it’s unlikely we’ll sign Max Clayton because we haven’t agreed a fee.
“I wouldn’t say it’s dead because if there’s a re-adjustment then fine but at the moment it’s in the long grass.
“There’s a big difference between the clubs.”
Jackett also dismissed speculation linking Wolves with a loan move for Tottenham’s 21-year-old striker Harry Kane, who set up Eric Dier’s winner at West Ham on Saturday.
Kane has still played more football for Jackett’s Millwall than any of his five clubs after scoring seven goals in 21 games to win the Lions’ Young Player of the Year in 2011-12.
But a temporary switch to Molineux looks unlikely.
“He’s just signed a new contract and he’s playing for Tottenham,” said the boss.
“He’s not someone we’ve approached and I couldn’t see Harry Kane coming into the Championship.”
Jackett insists everything is being done to make signings but stressed they must be better than the current players.
“We have competed for players but we haven’t got many of them,” he said.
“There’s no policy not to sign players; if we could have and if we can in the future sign players to improve us, we will.
“It’s not as if there’s been nothing going on in the background.
“We’ll see how frustrating it is. It’s really important we sign players to make a difference.
“Wolves is a big club that demands good players.
“Also there are big decisions on personnel: Who can do it this season and who can’t?”