Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish has promised to be shrewd in the January transfer window after being linked with a move for Manchester City's Georgios Samaras.
The Greece striker has been used sparingly by Sven-Goran Eriksson following his arrival at the City of Manchester Stadium in the summer and reports claim he is free to seek an exit during the transfer window.
However, McLeish has hinted he is unlikely to invest heavily in new players this month and would prefer to conduct his main business in the summer months.
Samaras has started just 28 Premier League games since joining City for £6million two years ago.
"We will rely on scouts reports and, rather than committing millions of the club's money, we will possibly look at doing some loan deals," said McLeish.
"Signing players in January can be pretty dangerous - especially if you do not retain your Premier League status.
"You can be left with a huge long-term burden so we will try to be as shrewd as we can."