Roy Keane says bringing the right players to Sunderland in January is crucial to their chances of staying in the Premier League.
The Black Cats boss spent wisely and quickly in the January transfer window this year, his £1.5million capture of Carlos Edwards particularly shrewd, and he admits next month's dealings will be equally important.
He has been linked with Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell, with another midfielder Dickson Etuhu set to be missing for a month on African Nations Cup duty with Nigeria.
Keane would not be drawn on individual names, but said: "I had another meeting with (chief executive) Peter (Walker) and I spoke with (chairman) Niall (Quinn) last week and we've got a few targets that we're making enquiries about.
"We're getting feedback from a number of clubs and hopefully we can bring in the four or five players I'm after. We're looking everywhere.
"A lot of it will depend on the value people are putting on players because you don't want to get backed into a corner where you are paying silly money.
"I have got a few bob to spend, but it's nothing silly, I know I've got to wheel and deal and maybe generate a few bob by letting a few of our lads go.
"January will be an important time for ourselves and hopefully we can bring in the players that will help us have a good season and a number of seasons ahead."
Keane is preparing for the visit of Aston Villa on Saturday but must do without the suspended Liam Miller while Nyron Nosworthy (hamstring) and Kieran Richardson (back) are still a number of weeks away from full fitness.
The Sunderland boss must also decide whether to bring back goalkeeper Craig Gordon in place of Darren Ward after he was left out for the last two games.
The Black Cats won their last home game against fellow strugglers Derby and Keane is determined, with the fans' backing, to pick up three more points against Villa.
"The players have got to enjoy playing in front of the supporters because they have driven us on, particularly late in games when we've scored a few late goals," the Irishman said.
"That might be the case for the rest of the season and teams like Villa know we're never going to give up and we'll continue to fight.
"We have had a good week's preparation, so we've got no excuses. For the game against Villa, we're playing at home in front of 40,000-odd fanatical Sunderland supporters."
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