ROTHERHAM United could have a new centre-forward forward in their squad when they kick off their Championship home campaign against Millwall next weekend.
The Millers, who won 1-0 on opening day at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, are looking to bring in an attacker and a midfield man before the transfer window closes in October.
They are in talks with an English club about a loan for a young frontman and are also interested in Ross County's Ross Stewart.
"I'm really hopeful that I will have another striker in next week," said manager Paul Warne after watching Michael Ihiekwe's 92nd-minute header seal all three points at Adams Park.
"In this league, you can be good box to box - which we were the last time we were in the Championship - but sometimes you need someone to do a bit of brilliance inside the area and get you a win.
"That's why the strikers earn the big money: they change games with bits of class. We do need more competition up top, a real goalscorer."
Rotherham have made a bid for their top midfield target who they want to sign on a permanent contract.
Things can change quickly but, for now, there is no indication that he is coming through the door at AESSEAL New York Stadium in the next few days.
"At this moment, the striker is the only thing I can see happening," Warne said. "If it doesn't happen, we still have a few more weeks of the window left."
The Millers had Newcastle United playmaker Dan Barlaser on loan last season and Warne has been open in his desire to bring the 23-year-old back to South Yorkshire.
Barlaser, who is in the final year of his contract, wasn't in the Magpies squad that beat West Ham United on Saturday.
Meanwhile, both of Rotherham's left-sided centre-halves are nursing injuries in the build-up to the Millwall encounter.
Captain Richard Wood missed the Wycombe clash with a suspected cracked rib and Clark Robertson reported a quad issue after the victory over the Chairboys.
"Robbo is struggling a bit," Warne said. "I think Woody will be all right. Robbo had a quad thing that went away. However, he says his quad was feeling weird against Wycombe so that needs investigating."