Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has admitted that he is still looking for a new striker to bolster his squad.
The Riverside manager has just on-loan forward Alex Nimely as back-up to first-choice pair Scott McDonald and Marvin Emnes.
And with the Manchester City youngster not pushing too hard for selection, Mowbray is still looking at his options.
He has an African trialist at the club and is considering his options, saying: "We've had a trialist in this week, but I don't think it's fair to go into too much detail yet because we're still at a very early stage of proceedings.
"We're looking at different options.
"We've had a striker in and he scored a couple of goals for us. He did well enough to persuade us to keep him for the rest of the week, and we'll see if we try to take things forward from there.
"He was out of contract when the window closed so he'll be available.
"That's the type of player we're looking for and, ideally, we'd like to bring someone in as soon as we could. If he's an out-of-contract player and he's good enough for our football club, we'd certainly like to do something before the next window.
"I think we're a striker light. I've talked about that and we tried very hard to add to our striker department in the last window. The search continues in that vein."
Mowbray also confirmed he would be bringing Jason Steele back into his starting line-up when Carl Ikeme's loan finishes next month.
Ikeme was signed on loan from Wolves to cover for England Under-21 star Steele, who broke his wrist in pre-season.
"We've just had five clean sheets on the bounce, so there's no great urgency to make a rash decision concerning Jason," said Mowbray.
"He's had 75 minutes in a development game against Blackburn, but that's all.
"We're delighted he's back on the training ground, and we're delighted to see him out there stopping shots. I'm pretty sure that he'll have a big part to play in the rest of the season.
"There's about three weeks left of Carl's loan spell and that will be that in terms of the three-month loan. Hopefully, the timing will work out well and Jason will have a little bit longer to get up to speed before Carl disappears. There should be a natural progression."