Chris Hughton has wasted little time in identifying possible new recruits upon inheriting the managerial reins at Brighton & Hove Albion.
He was still settling down at his new desk when reports suggesting he may be tempted to move for Leeds United’s Rodolph Austin began to circulate.
Such a deal would make a lot of sense for the Seagulls, with combative performers in the middle of the park required to help pull them away from trouble in the Championship.
Austin is not the only option out there, though, and it could be that Hughton starts to put his Premier League contacts to good use.
Wilson Palacios continues to struggle for game time at Stoke City and a spell on the South Coast could be beneficial to all concerned.
The Brighton Argus reports that the Honduras international has emerged as a top target as Hughton seeks to add experience to a youthful squad.
They suggest that a permanent move would be out of the question, as Palacios is on big money with the Potters, but a loan agreement is considered to be worth exploring.
The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has been restricted to just 53 appearances in three-and-a-half seasons at Stoke, with none of those coming this term.
His lack of football could work against him, as Brighton need players who can hit the ground running, but he is a proven performer at the highest level and that may edge him above Austin on Hughton’s January shopping list.