Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill hopes for multiple arrivals before the transfer deadline falls.
Oâ€™Neill has a number of other irons in the fire as he looks to end the month with a bigger â€“ and better â€“ squad than the one he had at the turn of the year.
â€śI think it is imperative that we bring more players in,â€ť said Oâ€™Neill.
â€śThis is an important period for us.
â€śWhat you want to be able to do, by the end of January, is to be in a position where you are can cover many avenues â€“ if not all â€“ with the squad that you have for the final three or four months of the season.
â€śWe want to add some more quality to the squad and there might be one or two who leave the football club, so we need to bring in a couple more.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping that this will be the case but, until everything has been cleared, I canâ€™t really talk about any names.â€ť