Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish has vowed to find a suitable replacement for Bolton Wanderers bound midfielder Fabrice Muamba.
McLeish sanctioned the £5million sale of the former England Under-21 international to the Reebok Stadium outfit on Monday, but has already set his sights on finding the right midfield replacement.
"I spoke with Fabrice and we agreed it was a good move for him and good for Birmingham City," he told the club's official website.
"But in losing Fab I now have to make sure I can get the midfield as strong as I can.
"We're a very lean as a squad in terms of numbers and I would hope by the start of the season we'll be a little bit stronger on that front."
Meanwhile, McLeish has revealed he could raid Premier League champions Manchester United to bolster his ranks.
He said: "I talk with Sir Alex Ferguson now and again, including about the possibility of loan players when the time comes.
"The loan system is there and, with it being there, you've got to use it.
"I know Birmingham have taken players on loan in the past and they have done an effective job.
"That may happen later in the summer when Premier League clubs have had time to assess their squads, but we will try to use the system to the best of our ability."