Villa lead queue for Matusiak
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill could be close to signing Polish international striker Radoslaw Matusiak.
Reports in Matusiak's homeland are claiming the player is on the verge of completing a £2.3 million switch from GKS Belchatow to Villa Park.
The 25-year-old has scored nine goals this season.
Villa are remaining tight-lipped about any possible signings but O'Neill is desperate to bolster his goal-shy attack with doubts remaining over the future of Milan Baros and Juan Pablo Angel.
Attempts to sign Watford striker Ashley Young appear to have receded with the player preferring a move to Tottenham if the Hornets agree to sell him.
O'Neill, who has also been keeping tabs on Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy, would only say: 'I'm hoping we can bring in somebody but you're never sure until someone signs.
'There's no point in saying `we're doing this, this and this' if one thing doesn't materialise for one reason or another.
'But what we're trying to find is quality players who would find the challenge exciting - not just now but in the next couple of seasons.'
O'Neill's only capture in January so far is Manchester United defender Phil Bardsley, who is on loan for the rest of the season.
The Villa chief is striving to avoid equalling the club`s worst sequence of top-flight results for nearly 20 years.
They have gone 11 Premiership games without a win - one fewer than the 12-game winless league run in the old First Division between Boxing Day 1986 and March 1987.