Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis admits he is still hoping to strengthen his squad before the end of the transfer window.
Palace, who added 17 new faces last summer, have taken just four points from their last six games - slipping to the bottom of the Premier League table in the process - and Pulis is desperate for reinforcements as he plots a path to safety.
He said: "We need to strengthen certain areas and you are hoping in every game from when the window opens that you will have an extra player with you or someone who could help you along the way.
"If anything, this is our third game this month and we have actually gone backwards with injuries and with the fact Cameron Jerome can't play through suspension.
"We have taken a step backwards rather than a step forward which is disappointing but they are a good group of lads and they work really hard."
Pulis admits he would be keen to sign Jason Puncheon on a permanent basis, with the winger currently on a season-long loan from Southampton.
"It is something that we have spoken about," Pulis added.
"I'm not sure it is a deal the football club can afford at the moment, I think what Southampton want and what we are prepared to play is too far apart.
"I also think he has reservations in some respects but hopefully if there was a possiblity I would be keen to do it."
Pulis is looking forward to welcoming former club Stoke to Selhurst Park on Saturday having spent 10 largely fuitful years in the Potteries.
"It is lovely to have Stoke coming down this weekend," he said.
"I had a fantastic 10 years there and have wonderful memories of the club and it is very nice looking back on when we first went there.
"I was talking the other day about [Gerry] Taggart and people like that when we first started. Gifton Noel-Williams and [Ade] Akinbiyi, some of those players don't get the credit - players who kept us up.
"I don't think people realise that we were one game away from being relegated to the third division when I was first there.
"I've got wonderful memories of that football club and one of the things who will always stick with me is the people - I have great friends there.
"If they want to give me some stick it is not a problem, if they want to clap and cheer then no problem again but nothing would take away my feelings for the area let alone the football club."