Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson has had five players turn down loan moves to the club this week.
The Owls boss has begun the search for a new midfielder after Ben Marshall returned to Stoke City after completing his six-month loan at Hillsborough.
Megson told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I've tried for five players since Ben's loan finished on Monday, all on loan and been turned down by everyone.
"It's harder to get players in January than during the summer window."
The former West Brom and Bolton boss admits that Marshall's return to Stoke leaves the League One side with a void in midfield.
"To make 22 starts for Wednesday, score five goals, make 12 and be arguably our best player it's going to be a big loss for anybody."