Brighton manager Gus Poyet admitted his need to sign a new striker is becoming increasingly urgent after the Seagulls were held to a goalless draw by Cardiff.
This was Brighton's first point of the season but they have still to score and Poyet dismissed a report that a fee has been agreed for West Ham frontman Frederic Piquionne.
Poyet said: "We need a striker but we are not close enough to getting that striker. Quality is expensive and to be at the top you need to spend.
"People say that there is a financial crisis in the world but there isn't one in football and money is spent when it is needed to be. We would consider bringing in a striker on loan from a Premier League club. I am relaxed but worried we are losing time. I accept where we are and I accept the budget we have got."
Brighton failed to take advantage of a string of clear-cut chances against Cardiff but Poyet refused to be too hard on his misfiring side.
He added: "The players need to keep believing. I feel for them but we need to remain positive through this. People thought we were the best side in the world in pre-season when we beat Chelsea but the fact is that we haven't won in three games."
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay admits that taking four points from their opening two games is a highly satisfactory start to the season for his men.
The Bluebirds began the campaign with a single-goal home win over Huddersfield and Mackay is particularly pleased that they have begun with two clean sheets.
He said: "What it's all about is consistency, and scoring goals and keeping clean sheets gives you that. We can certainly build on the start we have made.
"It is a solid start and the quality additions we have made to the squad has certainly helped. For the neutral this was an entertaining 0-0 draw, it was an even contest and the correct result."