Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce was stunned when a bid to sign Tottenham striker Mido fell through minutes before the transfer deadline.
Pearce thought the Mido deal was as good as done
A £4m deal for the Egyptian was almost done, only for it be called off at the last minute by Spurs boss Martin Jol.
"The doctor was there waiting to do a medical which tells you how advanced we thought it was," said Pearce.
"Then we get a call at 2330 GMT saying Spurs were pulling out. It was a bit of a bolt from the blue, that's for sure."
The transfer window closed at midnight on 31 January - leaving City with four strikers.
Between them Bernardo Corradi, Georgios Samaras, Paul Dickov and Darius Vassell have scored eight Premiership goals this season.
Pearce said he shared fans' frustration at failing to sign anyone in the transfer window to increase the team's attacking options.
"I am sure the fans will be disappointed; I know I am," said Pearce.
"We sat in the secretary's office at 0100 GMT on Thursday, by which time we had hoped to have at least one or two more players through the door.
"We looked at a lot of things, and everything crossed our minds.
"But in the end it is very difficult to persuade clubs to sell their best players - and events conspired against us."