Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock has outlined the particular areas of his squad he wishes to strengthen in the upcoming January transfer window.
As reported by BBC Sport, Warnock believes he needs to add a full-back, central midfielder and striker in order to continue the fight against relegation.
The Bluebirds currently sit 18th in the Premier League table after 12 rounds of fixtures, having scored 11 goals and picked up eight points.
Warnock’s side were victorious in their last match before the international break, with Sol Bamba scoring a 90th-minute winner against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Cardiff made six additions to the squad following promotion from the Championship in the summer, with significant fees being spent on the likes of Josh Murphy and Bobby Reid.
Harry Arter joined on a season-long loan from AFC Bournemouth, meaning the Bluebirds can register just one more loan player from a fellow top-flight club in January.
However, Warnock is key to utilise the loan system, saying:
I think the main priorities are a full-back, central midfielder and a striker. Definitely, we are looking. We’re only allowed one other loan from the Premier League because we’ve got Harry [Arter] until the end of the season. We have to prioritise which players we can get on loan and then we’ve got to look abroad to bring the other two or three in, which we are doing at the moment.
I would think it makes sense if we can get players on loan, rather than spending massive money until you know if you’re in the Premier League or not. But I’m sure if the right striker came about and we’ve got the realistic money, I think Vincent [Tan, Cardiff’s owner] would listen to us. We need to try and get a move on so we’ve got one or two in straight away in January, rather than the last minute again.
Cardiff are back in action on Saturday as they travel north to take on Everton at Goodison Park.