Sunderland boss Gus Poyet admits he is becoming frustrated with the lack of transfer activity at the Stadium of Light this summer.
The Black Cats chief is in the process of strengthening his squad after successfully steering his side to Premier League safety last term.
But after seeing 12 players leave this summer, and only managing to sign four replacements, Poyet has made no secret of his desperation to bring in at least four new faces by the end of the week.
He told SkySports: “One or two are close, but if you had asked me last week I would have said those two were close too.
“I cannot wait another week. We are going to be off Monday and Tuesday, so next Wednesday I need to have four more players.
“It’s clear we need a few new players, and it has not been as quick as I would have expected.”
And Poyet also admitted that a lack of business is getting close to hindering his plans for the first team squad.
“It’s getting a little close to the part where I really want to work with the main squad,” he added.
“It’s difficult for me because there are things we need to work on this week, and the beginning of next week and that’s practically it.
“I am like no other manager, the sooner you get the players the better. I like to plan, and it has been very difficult.”