Avram Grant is waiting to finalise a deal for Steve Sidwell as the West Ham United manager looks to strengthen his midfield options.
The Hammers were short on cover in the centre of midfield for Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Everton which kept Grant's side in the Premier League relegation zone.
A deal has been lined up for Aston Villa's Sidwell to join West Ham once the January transfer window opens for business.
Grant is unsure how close the club are to completing the Sidwell signing, but stressed the importance of improving his squad.
"I don't know, it's not my area," Grant told Sky Sports when asked about the Sidwell situation.
"I want Steve Sidwell because today we didn't have one midfielder on the bench.
"We need to be a little stronger in some areas, especially as we have some long-term injuries. We are doing everything to sign a few players to make the squad stronger."
Grant was pleased with the effort of his players on the back of Boxing Day's 3-1 win at Fulham, particularly as Everton's scheduled game against Birmingham City had been postponed.
He added: "I'm very pleased with the effort of the boys, it's not easy to play two games in 48 hours when half the squad is injured.
"A few players played today who, in normal time, wouldn't play, but they gave everything.
"It's not fair that one team played two games in 48 hours and the other team did not."