Pat Rayment is hoping to sign a striker from a higher level before Spalding United go on FA Cup duty this weekend.
The manager revealed that the Tulips made a financial offer yesterday to a Step Three club for a forward.
Rayment wants to seal the deal ahead of the preliminary round tie at home to Heanor Town on Saturday.
He said: “We have put in a bid for a striker so we’ll wait and see on the outcome.
“We need to know whether the offer has been accepted or rebuffed.
“When they respond we will look to move quite quickly and get the player registered in time for Saturday’s game.
“We have missed chances to score in every match but Monday at Carlton Town was the worst of the lot.
“It really should have been another 4-1 win like Brigg Town at home but we are not being clinical enough.
“It’s a thin line to cross over and there are circumstances where we also need to get our form and fitness going.
“But we just can’t keep missing these chances. Other teams are not having as much of the games but they are scoring goals.”
The winners of Saturday’s game will collect £1,925 prize money and book a home tie against Retford United or Holwell Sports on September 13.
Heanor have won all three games so far this season in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.
Rayment added: “We’ve had them watched but I have got to concentrate on ourselves.
“If we get it right then the other teams will need to be wary of us.”
Luke Thurlbourne made his debut at Carlton but he needs to check with St Neots Town whether he is allowed to play in the FA Cup.