With the January transfer window now open, it seems increasingly unlikely that Malaga will have their new recruits in place for Sunday's match against Reus as they had hoped.
The squad still has two places available with the '2' and '16' shirts still not occupied, but the wage cap is the main obstacle stopping the club from recruiting.
Top priority for coach Juan Ramón Muñiz is a centre forward to compete with Gustavo Blanco Leschuk and Jack Harper. It is understood that Ukrainian striker Yevhen Seleznyov, with whom Muñiz worked at Dnipro, has been personally recommended by the coach. The 33-year-old is believed to be keen to come having found himself out of favour at current club Akhisar.
Reinforcement in central midfield is also high on the list of priorities with Alfred N'Diaye set to miss the last portion of the season as he represents Senegal at the African Cup of Nations.
However, to fund these moves, the club must first offload players who have found themselves surplus to requirements. An agreement has been reached with West Ham United to terminate the loan of winger Sead Haksabanovic once a new destination has been found for him.
Finding new clubs for midfielder Badr Boulahroud and keeper Cenk Gönen will be more difficult, however. They join forward Héctor on the exit ramp out of the club this month.