Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has resigned himself to limited transfer activity this month, with the arrival of Basel's Mohamed Salah his only potential acquisition until the end of the season.
As reported by Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail Online, Rodgers is due to meet with Reds owner John Henry and managing director Ian Ayre to discuss financial matters before the upcoming game with Aston Villa:
Rodgers is known to want a left-back, centre-back, midfielder and a striker but it is likely that most of his targets will have to wait until the summer.
The exception could be Salah, 21, who is valued at £16million by Basle. Liverpool are looking to pay little over half that for the versatile Egypt international and face competition from Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen.
Rodgers has done extremely well to build an exciting squad during his 18 months at the club, especially when he hasn't got the budget to match Premier League favourites such as Chelsea and Manchester City.
The Northern Irishman favours entertaining, attacking football and has improved talented stars such as Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho since bringing them to Anfield.
Liam Prenderville of Mirror Football believes "several clubs" are ready to join the race for Salah's signature, as Zenit Saint Petersburg get ready to "double the Reds' offer" in an attempt to lure the youngster to Russia.
Rodgers is said to crave greater attacking output from his creative midfielders, as right now, the likes of Coutinho, Sterling and Jordan Henderson have scored a combined total of six goals this campaign, per Wheeler's report:
"We always want more," Rodgers said. "When you play in those attacking positions it's your job to create and score goals."
Salah looks as if he could provide this boost after an excellent start to the season with Basel. The versatile midfielder, who is more than capable of playing in advanced forward positions, has scored six goals across 24 appearances in the Swiss Super League and Europe, per WhoScored.com.
Most memorably for English audiences, he netted the equalising goal during Basel's 2-1 Champions League comeback against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, then scored the only goal of the reverse fixture at St. Jakob-Park.
While Rodgers bemoans the lack of goals from midfield, the impressive partnership between Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge could be enough to secure Salah's interest, as hinted by OptaJoe:
32 - Luis Suarez & Daniel Sturridge have scored 32 PL goals between them this season, only one fewer than they managed in 2012-13. Fruitful.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 12, 2014
Transfer activity may be restricted right now for Liverpool fans, but if Rodgers' requests are to be met, plenty of summer excitement awaits.