West Brom manager Tony Mowbray insists he will not break the club's wage structure to bring in more new players before the start of the season.
Mowbray is determined to overcome the disappointment of missing out on Madjid Bougherra, who joined Rangers at the 11th hour, and Bolton's Abdoulaye Meite.
But he will not pay over-inflated wages as he strives to add to his three summer signings to date before the Barclays Premier League opener with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in 11 days' time.
Mowbray said: "I would hope there will be a few more coming in before the season starts - three, four, five, who knows?
"But sometimes the expectations from players' advisors are way beyond where we can go. That's fine by me. We've got a wage structure at West Brom and the players all understand that. It's a philosophy I try to have and it won't be broken.
"But the search for new players is continuing. There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes. Some targets get pretty close to coming to fruition and then disappear.
"On the other hand, we continue to get closer to the finish line with other targets.
"I would like a few more bodies in, but they have to be of the right quality. If you can't get the right quality you just have to keep going."
Mowbray added: "For me by the end of this window, hopefully we've got a squad together that can compete for the first three or four months of the season and do okay.
"If we need to do anything in January, hopefully we are in a position where we can continue to strengthen which we must do.
"Hopefully the bigger picture is we do well this year and this time next season we are adding again and continually improving."
Mowbray is full of praise for the backing he has had from chairman Jeremy Peace during his two years at Albion. He said: "I've had great support from the chairman and the board ever since I've been here.
"Hopefully the reward is a bit of stability and a team that proves over the next few years that it is a Premier League club. But we've got to earn that right on the pitch."