The Villans boss wants to strengthen his attack this month but is restricted to loan deals due to Financial Fair Play concerns.
“I think everybody knows and understands the situation we’re in,” Bruce said.
“I think I’ve been pretty clear.
“With the financial situation at the club, we’re not in a position to spend millions.
“However, if we look to go down the loan route which has been really positive for us, even at the start of the season with Sam. Snodgrass in particular, we’ve done very well with the loan situation.
“Josh Onomah is another one.
“We’ll try and go down that route, we’re close to one of two things to bring in.
“Until you get them over the line, then you can’t really reveal.
“We’re particularly close on one – let’s hope it can happen.”
Villa travel to the City Ground tomorrow (5.30pm) to face Nottingham Forest, who appointed Aitor Karanka as their new manager earlier this week, and Bruce is expecting a difficult game.
“We seem to be having a lot of new managers, it’s becoming the trend,” he said.
“Forest have made a change, and they had a wonderful victory in the cup themselves.
“It just goes to show how bizarre football is.
“We’re expecting a difficult game. They’ve got some good players, Nottingham Forest, like a lot of the Championship teams.
“It’ll be a tough, tough game.”