Gillingham are hopeful of tying up a permanent deal for Jo Kuffour in January and may make another loan move for Frank Nouble.
Kuffour had been expected to leave parent club Bristol Rovers before the close of the summer transfer window having expressed a wish to move closer to London, but later embarked on a three-month loan deal at Priestfield which expires at the end of December.
Five goals in 11 appearances has convinced Gills boss Andy Hessenthaler to make a move for the 30-year-old and talks continue to take place between the parties involved.
Hessenthaler told Gillingham's official website: "I've spoken to the chairman and Jo has expressed his desire to come to the club, and we want him to stay. We'd like to get it sorted and I think we can do that come January."
Kuffour is ineligible to face Rovers this weekend, which means West Ham forward Nouble may come in for what is the final match of his maximum three-month loan spell before he returns to Upton Park.
Hessenthaler added: "We can't do anything about that because his 93 days are up. When it (the January window) opens again we might be able to do something but we'll wait and see."