IAN Holloway says Millwall may do their January shopping overseas.
The Lions tried and failed to sign a number of striker targets at rival Championship clubs before the loan window closed last Thursday.
Holloway also wanted Arsenal's Chuba Akpom, above, but was knocked back.
So Millwall could now change tact and browse Europe for new recruits – as well as the lower reaches of the Football League pyramid.
Speaking after Saturday's draw at Bournemouth, Holloway said: "It would have been nice to borrow someone but at the minute nobody wants to lend their players to us.
"They've loaned Championship players to League One – no-one wanted to loan us a player. And could I borrow a young one from the Premier League? No.
"If I can't borrow from the Championship either, I have got to find someone in League One or League Two to step up to the plate, like Lee Gregory has.
"And I cannot wait for the foreign market to open up because we might get some value for money there. Have we got a foreign market we can look into at Millwall?
"So where am I going to get my players from? I will have to go abroad because I can't even borrow a Championship player at the minute.
"I'll take that as a compliment because people have seen how we've played recently."
Holloway believes top-flight clubs are increasingly reluctant to loan their academy stars to the Championship due the growing importance of reserve football.
It has been suggested that there could be a £10million prize offered to the winners of the Premier League's U21 league in future.
"That's their brilliant idea," said Holloway. "If that's the case, we won't ever borrow a player from anybody in the future.
"Why don't they come to my house and ask me what I think because I'm on the coal face. Those young players should be given to us.
"And they shouldn't be loaned to other Premier League clubs.
"The U21 league is just poncing about – there are no crowds, it's nonsense. That won't teach players how to play.
"That's not going to produce more players for the England team. Why don't they come and ask the people who work in the game every week what to do?
"It's total nonsense. If they go ahead with this £10m prize, they're complete nuggets. Make them loan young players to Championship clubs – let's see if these kids can do it with us."