Freedman admitted however that the pickings are slim, and at this stage of the season he is looking at players who come with an asterisk attached.
He said: "I have to shop in a market where managers don’t want the players. I need to take one or two risks with players who are either difficult to manage, not getting on with their club or getting time on the pitch.
"I need to use my managerial skills to manage them."
One such example was midfielder Robert Tesche, who he this week permitted to move to Birmingham City on loan for the rest of the season.
Tesche has shown this campaign for Forest he is a quality player, but just had not convinced Freedman, and the manager may well be hoping that players could be available in similar circumstances.
Birmingham are paying Tesche's wages in full, which frees up funds for Forest to make additions of their own. One priority would be a striker with Britt Assombalonga out injured. They have just missed out on Kris Wood of Premier League side Leicester City who signed last week with Ipswich Town.
Forest lost 2-1 away to Charlton last night, remaining in ninth position in the Championship. It was their first loss since Freedman took over from Stuart Pearce earlier this year.