Ahead of the re-opening of the transfer window in January, it comes as no surprise to find Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers being linked with defensive reinforcements.
There are leaks aplenty to be plugged at Selhurst Park and Loftus Road, with two London rivals in need of some serious repair work if they are to avoid seeing their respective Premier League campaigns sink without a trace.
As things stand, 11 games into the season, QPR have already conceded 22 times – with a dismal record leaving them with too much to do at the opposite end of the field.
That is a divisional high, but those down the road at Palace have fared little better after being breached on 20 occasions.
Who will Harry Redknapp and Neil Warnock turn to in their hour of need?
Well, Slovenia international Gregor Balazic could be just the man they are looking for.
He is currently on the books of Ukrainian outfit Karpaty Lviv, but is fully aware of the rumours linking him with a move to England and admits that he intends to be packing his bags for pastures new in the not too distant future.
Balazic told Ekipa24: “I don't know yet where I will continue my career. At the moment the most important thing for me is that I have many offers - but not only from England, also from Italy, France and some other countries."
“That, at this moment, is the only thing I can tell you. And that I will definitely be leaving Karpaty. I will stay in Ukraine until 31st December and then I will pack my bags and move to a stronger league. I have no worries as there are plenty offers on my desk.”
A move for Balazic would appear to make sense for both Palace and QPR, with there little risk involved.
He will be available as a free agent at the turn of the year, so wages would be the only financial outlay.
At well over six feet tall, he would appear to boast the physical attributes required to compete at Premier League level.
Balazic is also no untested youngster at 26 years of age and has already spent time away from his homeland during a brief stint in Spain.
It could be that he is the bargain Redknapp and Warnock are after, with two wily old managerial campaigners set to lock horns in the pursuit of another piece in the Premier League jigsaw.