Terry Butcher says Hibernian are in the market for a new striker and could attempt to sign a player from Sunderland.
Former England captain Butcher has revealed that he recently attended two Sunderland Under-21 games, although he was not the only representative from the Scottish Premiership looking for players.
Butcher's attention was thought to have been drawn towards Sunderland's attacking trio of Charis Mavrias, Duncan Watmore and Craig Lynch.
However, the recently-appointed Hibs manager has conceded that he is unsure if anything will come as a result of the scouting trip.
Butcher has also revealed that he has already started to make plans for the summer, when the Edinburgh side will have 14 players out of contract.
Butcher told the Daily Record: "Having drawn a blank last Friday against Aberdeen, scoring is an area we want to focus on - I have a little bit of a budget to work to.
"We'll certainly try to expand that. We're currently looking at the attacking area because we're pretty strong defensively."
On the Under-21 matches, he added: "It seemed like half of the Scottish Premiership were at one game. They all want a striker- they want players who can score goals.
"What I don't want to do is bring in players who aren't better than what we have. We need to add quality, new faces, alternatives and new possibilities."
Butcher also commented on the struggle to bring players in this month, adding: "The January window is very restricted and it's much easier in the summer."