Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has said the number of signings he makes in January will be down to the board.
The Scot, who made six permanent signings and two loan additions in the summer, has drawn up a shortlist of potential targets.
"I've told the club the players I'd like to try and get in," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.
"We have to box clever with what we're trying to do. It's up to the club to try and sort something out."
Lambert has experienced the frustration of recruiting players in League One and the Championship and says he expects the new year transfer market to play out in a similar fashion in the Premier League.
"You still have the same problems. It's hard during the January window because nobody wants to sell their better players and price inflation goes really high," he said.
"So you end up with the same problems as we had in League One."
The Canaries go into the festive schedule sitting in the top half of the Premier League table and their next two matches are at home - against Tottenham on 27 December and Fulham on 31 December.
Lambert has a simple plan for maintaining their form over the second half of the season.
"You try and win as many games as you can. It's not rocket science," he said.
"I've never tried to predict anything that's going to happen. I'm a realist and we'll do everything we can to stay in this league.
"Everyone before the season thought we'd be bottom by now and it's not happened and we'll keep striving to stay in the league."