STEVE Lomas has confirmed Millwall will now look to the loan market after failing to bring in any new players on transfer deadline day.
The Lions extended QPR midfielder Shaun Derry's loan until January 1 and allowed Dany N'Guessan to move to Swindon Town on a free transfer as the August window closed on Monday evening.
But Football League clubs are able to make loan signings again from next Tuesday, and Lomas is already exploring who may be able available on a short-term deal.
Premier League sides were required to name their 25-man squads for the first half of the season last night, and those who have been left out will be targeted by Championship managers.
Lomas said: "We're hoping we can do something but I haven't got anyone lined up. There are quite a few irons in the fire, but coming to Millwall may not be a lot of their first choices.
"I'm not saying that's right, I think if you look at it, Millwall has been a great, great club for loans. Look at Harry Kane, who had his most successful spell here on loan, and Andros Townsend too, players like that who have kick-started their careers here.
"If young players can come and play at Millwall, they can play anywhere. It would be a great club for them."
Lomas had been planning to keep N'Guessan in his squad as a fifth striker, but admitted that would have been a luxury he cannot afford.
"It's not possible when you're trying to bring new additions in," he said. "Monday was more about trying to get people out.
"You've got to wheel and deal when you've got nothing left in the pot – and I am respectful of the budget."
N'Guessan's exit, brought about by the termination of his contract at The Den by mutual consent, freed up some space in Millwall's wage bill, but it is unclear whether that money has been spent on Derry's extension.
Meanwhile, Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade was in the stands as John Marquis scored twice for the Lions' U21s in a 3-2 defeat to Bristol City on Monday.
Slade enquired about signing Marquis on loan two weeks ago.
Lomas said: "In an ideal world John needs to go out and play, but we've got Jermaine Easter and Steve Morison in the treatment room, and Andy Keogh's got a tight groin, which we're hoping isn't going to be a problem.
"We've got our fingers crossed that David Forde doesn't do anything to his knee whilst he's on international duty with Ireland."