Ghana midfielder Stephen Appiah is edging towards the top of Middlesborough Gareth Southgate's January shopping list.
The experienced former Juventus midfielder is without a club at present after leaving Fenerbahce in the summer and has been linked with a move to the Premier League for much of the current campaign.
"In the middle of the park we are light in terms of experience," Southgate told The Northern Echo.
We are looking at experienced players but they have to be good quality.
"We are looking abroad, we now have a better database of what's going on in and that gives us a lot more confidence in recruiting outside Britain."