Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren says a lack of signings mean he is suffering his most frustrating pre-season for many years.
The Reds have brought in three new faces, but nine have left and McClaren feels Forest are lacking numbers.
"We're competitive, but not where I want to be. I'm pleased with the guys we've brought in, but we need more," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.
"It's probably the most frustrating pre-season off the field for years."
But they have been linked with a number of other players, including free agent Anthony Gardner, Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard and winger Wayne Routledge.
And despite Reds fans expecting to see a new left-back arrive at the City Ground this summer, chairman Nigel Doughty has said financial restrictions mean they must prioritise.
Doughty said the club are still eager to sign a wide midfielder and that they have several options at left-back, with Chris Cohen looking likely to start the season there.
"We are a little frustrated off the field," McClaren added. "It took us too long to bring in experienced players, and we're still not at the stage where I would say the squad is complete.
"We're searching and searching, but I've got to say it's very frustrating.
"I'd like some [new players] in today, tomorrow. If that's possible I don't know, but we're working very, very hard behind the scenes to bring people in.
"We're competitive in what we have, I think we're roughly the same team, the same squad as last season.
"But there's still a lot of work to be done off the field."
Forest begin their new Championship season with a home game against Barnsley on Saturday.
You can hear commentary of every Forest match on BBC Radio Nottingham on 103.8FM and 1584AM.