Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond is hoping to make two major signings for next season.
Diamond has specifically identified a tight-head prop and a back-three player for next term.
"We're in the market place for a couple of top-class players and it's one of those processes," he told BBC Sport.
"We're not close to any new signings at the moment if I'm honest.
"Effectively whoever it is won't join us, more than likely, until after the World Cup because they'll probably be involved."
As well as looking for new recruits, Diamond has revealed that Samoan flanker TJ Ioane has agreed a two-year extension to the short-term deal he signed in January.
He follows Tom Arscott,Sam Tuitupou and Eifion Lewis-Roberts, who have all agreed new deals in recent weeks, but Sale, currently eighth in the Premiership, are yet to announce any new arrivals for next season, unlike several of their rivals.
"What we've got to do is get the recruitment as good as we can do," Diamond added.
"There is plenty out there, but we've got to do our homework, our scouting.
"There are certain players we can't afford so we've just got to pick out the right players accordingly."