Gordon Strachan remains hopeful of keeping Adam Johnson at Middlesbrough as he scours the British market for new signings.
Johnson is out of contract at the end of the season and the highly-rated winger has been linked with January moves to Sunderland and Everton.
However, Strachan believes it is vital that Johnson stays at the Riverside, particularly given the 22-year-old's contribution this season.
Asked if he still hopes to keep the player, the Scot said: "I think so.
"A man who has scored 10 goals this year? Just imagine where we would be without his 10 goals."
Ones we know
Strachan is attempting to strengthen his depleted squad for a New Year promotion push and will stick close to home after seeing the club make expensive errors with overseas acquisitions in recent years.
He added: "The scouting system has looked at a lot of foreign players here in the past, and I am saying I really don't think we should go for that just now unless we are spot on and we know that's going to be a really good player for the club.
"It's players that we know can do a job, players that we all know, the coaching staff, the scouting staff, who want to be here and will enjoy being at Middlesbrough so we know they want to be here to play for the club.
"There will not be many European players coming in, I wouldn't imagine. It will be ones we know, that's for sure."