Swansea City have agreed a deal to bring in Birmingham City defender Marcos Painter on loan.
The League One outfit have acted quickly to bring in defensive reinforcements, following the decision of left back Tom Williams to go under the surgeon's knife to rectify a hernia problem.
Painter is highly thought of St Andrews having inked a three-year contract in the summer of 2006 but it is thought a switch to Swansea will help him garner greater experience of first team football over the next month.
A Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, Painter spurned the opportunity to join Port Vale, as the prosect of playing in front of bigger crowds made up his mind to move to Swansea.
"I could easily have chosen Port Vale as that would have been the nearest club to Birmingham," Painter told Birmingham's official website.
"But Swansea are in the play-off positions and I want to play at the highest level possible.
"I understand that they play in a new stadium and they have very passionate fans.
"Hopefully this move will give me a chance to play some league games because that's what I really need at this stage of my career.
"Playing reserve team football is okay for fitness but there's nothing better than playing in a proper first team match on a Saturday afternoon."