Reds' boss John Coleman was hoping to have added two new faces to his squad for their double home show.
Stanley face Southend at the Crown Ground tomorrow and welcome Bradford on Tuesday and the Reds manager was closing in on two captures.
He was chasing Burnley striker Wes Fletcher and was hoping to seal a deal with Irish Under 21 midfielder Padraig Hammond, who played at Stockport for the Reds in pre-season.
And former Burnley and Leeds striker Ian Thomas-Moore, 34, was due to start training with the Reds yesterday after leaving Rotherham in the summer.
"Wes isn’t our player, we want to sign him on loan but it’s out of our hands," said Coleman.
"It’s clear we need a goal threat and hopefully he can provide it. I would like to have him signed up for the weekend but it’s in Burnley’s hands.
"And Padraig is taking longer than the Carlos Tevez deal!
"He is signed to a Portuguese side and we are hoping to sign him on loan until Christmas but we are just communicating with them at the moment. He wants to come to us and hopefully it will be done by the Southend game.
"We do need to add players to the squad for competition for places.
"Unfortunately we haven’t got a lot of money. Our budget being the way it is, we cannot carry many and we cannot carry expensive players so we are limited as to who we can get."
Coleman admits it’s been a mixed show so far from his new-look Reds.
The boss was delighted with their battling performance at Northampton where they earned their first point of the new league campaign.
And, while he was happy with their first half show against League One Scunthorpe in the Carling Cup on Tuesday, he felt the second half left a lot to be desired as they lost to two late goals.
"I have watched the video of Northampton and, while I felt we did well, there are still areas where we can improve.
"Then we started off like a house on fire against Scunthorpe but then lost our way which is something which happened in games last season and something we need to eradicate."
Stanley failed to take a number of chances and Coleman is looking to boost his forward line to help teenager Kurtis Guthrie.
"We are short of strike options at the moment. Kurtis Guthrie had some good chances on Tuesday and you can’t take them all as both Paul Mullin and Terry Gornell were guilty of missing chances in their time here.
"Kurtis is only young and is raw and you have got to get the balance right of not being too hard on him and not being too soft on him.
"The problem is we haven’t got all the time in the world for the penny to drop and, if it doesn’t drop quickly, he won’t be in the team."
Reds midfielder Luke Joyce admitted it’s about getting some belief in the team.
"Our performance on Saturday gave us a confidence boost and it is always difficult when new players come in as it does take time to gel," said the 24-year-old.
"But we have to take confidence away from our first half show against Scunthorpe – they were in the Championship last season – and we did well against a good league club in the first half.
"The second half was harder as they put us under a lot of pressure, they stepped up and we didn’t have the answers.
"It is frustrating that we didn’t perform in the second half but we have got to have the belief in ourselves.
"Last year’s players have gone, this is a new team and we have got to believe we can do well and can do better than the fifth place of last year.
"We have two home games in the league now and it’s a big chance for us to get our first win on the board.
"We had a superb home record last season and we have got to make sure it’s difficult at home again for teams that come here."
Coleman was hoping Danny Coid has recovered from his hamstring injury which has kept him out of the two openers.