Nigel Pearson says Bristol City will not conduct any more transfer business this summer, which includes potential outgoings.
The Robins have brought in five players this window, but several long-term injuries mean that the squad is already low on numbers, just six matches into the season.
The most notable departure from BS3 this summer was Alex Scott, who completed a £25 million move to Bournemouth last month. Despite receiving a hefty fee for the teenager, only a small fraction of the money was made available to add to the squad, and Pearson confirmed on Thursday that the club will make no additional signings before the window shuts.
In fact, with less than 24 hours until the window closes, the manager is more concerned about not losing any members of his squad late on.
“I’m looking at this now, and I’m thinking I don’t want to lose any more players!” He said.
“It’s one of those situations, I know from experience that we’ve had some ridiculous calls on deadline day where clubs all of a sudden have tried to put bids for some of our players.
“It happened three windows ago and I was like ‘what?’ What are they talking about? It effectively leaves us no time to replace players and actually, you’d be amazed how many strange events happen on deadline day.”
One man linked with a move away from City is Zak Vyner. The Daily Mail reported that Swansea City are keen on the Robins man, along with ex-Birmingham City defender Kristian Pederson.
Vyner has less than 12 months remaining on his current contract at Ashton Gate, with no concrete signs of a new deal being agreed.
Former Swans boss Russell Martin has shown his desire to bring Nathan Wood to Southampton, and a late move for Wood could see Michael Duff make an approach for Vyner.
Pearson added: “There’s always background noise isn’t there? Whether that happens.
‘I don’t come to the training ground on deadline day basically unless something drastic happens or we sign a player on deadline day. What’s the point? I don’t expect there to be any business. I won’t be there.
‘Our club secretary at times must think wow I’ve got no time to get the paperwork done.
‘It triggers a panic scenario for some people, and there seems to be a real thirst for this sort of sensational news which I find bizarre when you think how long the window is.”