Middlesbrough have confirmed their interest in signing Manchester City striker Giorgios Samaras.
The 22-year-old Greece international was left out of the City squad that travelled to Bristol City for a Carling Cup clash on Wednesday night amid talk of interest from the Teessiders.
And Boro number two Malcolm Crosby has confirmed the club are interested in the former Herenveen striker, plus a few more players before the transfer window closes on Friday.
Manager Gareth Southgate has money to spend after allowing Ayegbeni Yakubu to join Everton for £11.25million.
Samaras cost City £6million less than two years ago but has fallen down the pecking order following Sven-Goran Eriksson's appointment as manager last month.
"Yes, we've shown an interest in him." Crosby told the club's official website after Wednesday's 2-0 Carling Cup win over Northampton Town.
"We're interested in two or three players.
"We're not close to get anyone at present. It looks like we might run out of time.
"We've got the Yak cash but it would be wrong to get someone we didn't really want for the sake of it."