VfL Wolfsburg says savings by parent company Volkswagen will not stop the club investing in new players.
But the Bundesliga club is not planning any major signings during the winter transfer period, sports director Klaus Allofs said in interviews published Thursday.
"We have the quality to belong to the top four teams in Germany," he told Wolfsburg's Allgemeine Zeitung daily.
"We have to tease more out of that. There is room for improvement."
Volkswagen is cutting costs as part of the financial fallout of a scandal over the falsification of tests on exhaust emissions.
But Allofs said the company would continue to invest in development to secure its future, and Wolfsburg could benefit from this.
"We want to continue to make expedient decisions and make forward-looking investments," he told Kicker magazine.
Wolfsburg are currently a disappointing seventh in the table, but Allofs said it was "absolutely wrong" to link this to the VW crisis. The club has "the financial possibilities to do something," he said.
Wolfsburg were active in the last three winter transfer periods, buying Ivan Perisic from Borussia Dortmund for 8 million euros (about 8.7 million dollars) in 2013, Kevin De Bruyne from Chelsea for 22 million euros in 2014 and Andre Schuerrle, also from Chelsea, for 32 million euros in 2015.
Although VW are seeking to make savings, it has no plans to reduce its annual investment of around 80 million euros in the club, a 100 per cent subsidiary of the company.