The Everton manager, David Moyes, has put the Charlton Athletic midfielder Scott Parker on his wanted list for the problem area in his struggling side.
Moyes watched Parker impress for the high-flying Addicks in midweek and plans to make an inquiry before the transfer window opens in January. Parker is the type of stylish, yet hard-working midfielder that Moyes looked for, and failed to find, over the summer.
Everton are also monitoring Sean Davis' recovery at Fulham and have around £5m to invest in the right player and missing link in their team. But while Davis missed out on a move to Goodison, because of a knee problem, Parker has emerged as an in-form alternative - and Moyes is capable of testing Charlton's ability to keep him.
Parker has been linked with "bigger" clubs, but Charlton have held on before. It would take a serious offer to move him now.
Dwight Yorke is facing a period out of the side at Blackburn Rovers - as the manager, Graeme Souness, prepares to shake up his strike force. Yorke, who was left out of the side against Charlton and trained with the reserves rather than sit on the bench, is now the fourth choice at Ewood Park.
The former Manchester United striker must now prepare second-team football at Morecambe before being sold in the transfer window. Yorke could continue to rake in his enormous salary at Blackburn, but Souness is the type of ruthless manager who will make him suffer in the "stiffs".
Souness has made clear his preference for Andy Cole, with Matt Jansen and the emerging Scottish youngster Paul Gallagher as the next two strikers in line for a game.
Souness said: "In the form he is in, Coley has to be in the side, while Matt Jansen is our number two striker at the moment.
"I feel young Gally can fit better into the system we are trying out - he can go either through the middle or wide on the right.
"We feel Gallagher has got a real chance of being a player and he will feature throughout this season.
"He is just 18. And we are asking him to play under pressure - he's coming into a team that is 1-0 down."
The Italian Ciccio Grabbi has also been ignored and could be moved out of Ewood Park, but Souness has failed to offload the striker before. The Blackburn manager knows that he will have to lose a player and a wage to make way for a new arrival or two in January. He wants to have a more physical presence up front if he can find one.