Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock is determined to try and bring in a number of new players in January to give his side the best chance possible of escaping relegation.
The Bluebirds were beaten 3-1 at West Ham on Tuesday evening, with a missed first-half penalty from Joe Ralls proving costly as the hosts scored three times inside 12 second-half minutes to put the game to bed.
Afterwards, Warnock admitted that it will be vital to try and bring in some reinforcements next month, with midfield and attack his main areas of concern.
He told reporters: "It's an important part January and I'm hoping we can get three or four to help the lads that are here, because we've shown that we can compete.
"If I didn't get another defender, it wouldn't worry me.
"More importantly we've got to have someone up our sleeve if something happens to (Aron) Gunnarsson and we've got to have a striker as we can't ask Callum Paterson to keep doing it."
The Bluebirds failed to win any of their first seven Premier League games of the season, but have since secured three victories in seven further outings – defeating Fulham, Brighton and Wolves.
City are back in action on Saturday when they welcome Southampton to the Cardiff City Stadium.
The last meeting between the two sides in South Wales, on Boxing Day in 2013, finished 3-0 to the visitors, with Jay Rodriguez (2) and Rickie Lambert scoring inside the opening 27 minutes of the match.
Cardiff are available at 9/5 to secure victory on Saturday, with the draw priced at 11/5 and a 2-2 final scoreline a 16/1 shot.
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