Neil McCann fears he may be priced out of finding the striker he needs to sort Dundee’s shot-shy attack.
The Dens Park boss is worried his budget might not stretch far enough to bring in the quality frontman he requires after seeing his side lose 1-0 to Aberdeen.
For the second week running the Dark Blues had chances to go in front.
But like in their opening-day loss at St Mirren, defeat was self-inflicted as Genseric Kusunga’s handball in the box handed Gary Mackay-Steven the chance to tuck home the only goal from the spot with quarter of an hour left.
McCann’s men are sitting with nothing to show for their efforts and the Dundee chief knows he needs to bring in new competition for frontmen Sofien Moussa and Jean Mendy after both wasted golden opportunities against the Dons.
“We need help in that department, we need someone in for that area,” he said.
“There is no update on anyone, it’s difficult in the market with the budget we work on.
“The problem is the money down in England, it’s very competitive and we are priced out of so many markets.
“You just have to be patient and hope one comes up that fits the budget.”
Former Dundee United winger Mackay-Steven took flak as he made his return to Tayside but the 27-year-old had the last laugh as he stroked home the winner late on.
“I always seem to get a bit of stick here but I was delighted to get the win,” he said after Aberdeen grabbed all three points, having missed their own fair share of chances.
“I was happy to stroke the penalty away in the end. I was confident again – it was my penalty.
“The way we won shows a lot about us. Dundee are a good side and certain things didn’t go our way. But we just wanted to keep plugging away and getting down the sides, for myself and Niall McGinn to keep getting at our full-backs and getting balls into the box.
“We’ve got quality all over the pitch so we knew we’d create chances – it was just a case of taking one.”