The Championship side are under a complicated transfer situation.
The final days of the transfer window saw Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman toil in his search for another centre-forward to help push his side toward to the play-off spots after a great spell of form.
Forest have not lost in the Championship since November and are only a handful of points off the top six. But the club's transfer embargo and various issues regarding the loan of Kyle Ebecilio seemingly stopped him in his tracks.
Speaking to BBC Nottingham Sport last week to celebrate a year in the hotseat at the City Ground he commented on where he would like the club to be in 12 months time.
Having his hands untied seemed to be top of that list:
"A more stronger position than it is in, it's as simple as that.
"Higher in the league that we are in. More business like way in terms of what we are doing.
"I don't want to talk about other clubs and what they're doing but I've seen the models don't always work by throwing money at it so I want to be more financially stable so it allows me in January, if we are in that higher position, to go out and at least trade or spend or whatever it is to give me a little push.
"That's pretty much where I am a bit frustrated this year. It's frustrating times when you know you're close but you can't just quite push."
It certainly sounds like Freedman feels his squad is just a couple of signings away from a genuine title push and that the club's off-field position has made it impossible for him to take them to that next level in time for a surge this term.
However, with Ebecilio now gone, Forest can make at least one domestic loan signing from next week when the loan window opens.
It'll be interesting to see if Freedman can get a new face through the door.