IAN Holloway is prepared to play the waiting game for his attacking targets.
One potential acquisition – right winger David Cotterill – joined Birmingham City on Tuesday.
But Holloway is not fazed, and is set to explore loan options in the Premier League later in the summer.
He also intends to give the likes of Fred Onyedinma a chance to stake a claim for a starting berth during pre-season, which starts today.
“I liked Cotterill,” Holloway confirmed. “I had a good chat with him and he was somebody that I was thinking of.
“But he had other choices and we have got other targets that some Premier League clubs might loan out eventually.
“That extra quality that we are looking for might be in the top division – it’s just whether they’ll loan them out.
“We tried it here before with somebody like Harry Kane and while I believe he’d be beyond us, there are quite a few other lads who could get extra experience with us.”
Holloway added: “I’ve got an extensive list of possible loan targets so it would be silly of me to name names at the moment because there are lots of possibilities.
“Category One academies have got lots of young players in their midsts who aren’t playing games.
“Someone like Ross Barkley has only just started playing recently for Everton but before that he was at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds. So the idea would be to get somebody like that.
“There are lots of clubs and lots of players to talk to – and not just in this country.
“But first of all, I’m looking forward to seeing my own players for the next few weeks.
“I don’t think I had enough of an opportunity last year to play too many of the young ones, coming into the club in the circumstances that I did.
“I gave Fred two games and I’m looking forward to giving him a lot more.
“The situation we were in wasn’t conducive to letting a young lad pal through his mistakes, but rather than sign somebody like Cotterill I can see Fred having a chance.
“If he takes it, great, if not we’ll see what we can do later on in the window.”