West Bromwich Albion's hectic end of season run-in has had a knock-on effect on the business manager Tony Mowbray can get done in the summer.
He is primed to cash in on months of hard work and research regarding prospective players but is reluctant to invest his money until he has seen his targets play first hand, a process that has been a problem given his team's unremitting fixture list towards securing promotion from the Coca-Cola Championship.
The Baggies' transfer targets have been on the radar for some time but the club might still have to wait until pre-season matches get under way so that Mowbray can assess their qualities more closely.
He said: "We know what we've got and we know the areas where we want to help the team and add strength in depth to the squad.
"There is always a question of when you actually make moves for players that you like.
"We've been preparing for it for a while so we do already have targets.
"The season is finishing in most countries in Europe so it's not as if we can watch lots of games for the next two months because there aren't many teams playing.
"You need to have already done the work but it's only been in the last six to eight weeks that we have implemented a real European scouting network and started watching lots of games.
"We find ourselves in a situation where I'm not anticipating floods of players coming in now because I probably haven't seen them as we've been playing every three days for the last couple of months."
On the positive side, Mowbray has far more time at his disposal than he had at the corresponding stage last season.
He added: "The body needs a break sometimes.
"Last season, because of the play-off final, the players had three-and-a-half-weeks off.
"This year they will have closer to eight weeks off to recharge their batteries and hopefully in that time I will have time to recharge my batteries and get ready to go again.
"But my job involves working a lot on the telephone and I am envisaging doing that while I am away with my family.
"I'll be taking calls and doing what I've got to do but it is important to get a break, get away and sometimes turn your phone off."
In other news, Mowbray has unsurprisingly picked up the award for Coca-Cola Championship Manager of the Year as voted for by the Football League Managers' Association.
He was presented with the award earlier this week by Fabio Capello.
Striker Kevin Phillips has been named the Baggies player of the year, beating Paul Robinson and Robert Koren to the coveted award and Korean Kim-Do Hoen is expected to sign on a permanent deal for Albion today, according to his agent.
Jung Jae-hoon has confirmed the midfielder has been offered a contract.
The 25-year-old, who arrived in January from Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, rarely figured in Albion's promotion push but has been touted by his manager as a player with qualities better-suited to the Premier League.
Portsmouth have signed young Baggies defender James Hurst for £250,000.
The fee for the 16-year-old England youth international could rise to £1 million.
Albion will pay out £750,000 in bonuses to Sheffield Wednesday, Luton Town and Machester City after their former player Chris Brunt, Leon Barnett and Ishmael Miller, respectively, helped the club win promotion.
Meanwhile, the Baggies will recoup £400,000 of that after Jason Koumas and Paul McShane helped Wigan Athletic and Sunderland stay in the Premier League.