Much has been made of Tottenham Hotspur's struggles to find a potent front-man over the past year.
Spurs have a weak-looking forward line with Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane their only options to spearhead their attack.
None of the trio look up to scoring the goals required for a top four chaser and many were surprised when Mauricio Pochettino prioritised strengthening the defence over the summer.
The Argentine boss brought in six defensive additions in the previous transfer window, but no striker was acquired and it is looking a decision which is hampering the team.
Adebayor has been made the first-choice at the club so far, but he has struggled to find any sort of form.
However, the first signs that Spurs are plotting a move for a goalscorer in January could have been emerging today.
QPR are reportedly interested in buying Adebayor off Spurs and his potential availability could be a showing that Spurs are intending to bring in a forward in the new year.
The R's manager Harry Redknapp is famously well connected, and his belief that Adebayor could be for sale suggests that Pochettino has other plans for his front-line.
It is unlikely that the Togolese forward would be relinquished with only Soldado and Kane in reserve, meaning that a deal for a genuine number nine does look likely.
Already linked to a White Hart Lane move has been Porto's Jackson Martinez and the capture of the Colombian would really state Spurs' intentions.
So far the side are in sixth in the league and not too far off a top four spot, but investments are likely to be needed if they are to make it into the Champions League places.
Spurs have a strong squad, but is is lacking a spark and a big January spend could be the difference between a memorable campaign or another season of disappointment.