Glenn Hoddle's dream of securing a striker for Wolverhampton Wanderers when the transfer window opens in January could be realised after Jez Moxey, the chief executive, confirmed that money will be available for the manager.
That is the good news. The bad news is that, to quote Moxey, the amount of money in question is "not a lot".
But Hoddle might not need much, for the difference between mid-table and a serious crack at promotion into the Premiership might be one new player. Moxey says there is enough money for two.
"We have got some money," Moxey said. "Not a lot, but enough for one or two players to strengthen the squad for the second half of the season.
" Glenn is restricted by a budget that was set at the start and that hasn't changed. So he will need to be shrewd - which we think he is. However, he doesn't have to sell to buy and if anyone did go for whatever reason then that money would be available to re-invest.
"It's up to the manager to decide who he wants to bring in and he is his own man. He won't buy players just because they are available. He's not the type to buckle under external or internal pressures.
"We are not afraid to spend money but we want value for that money." A year on from his appointment as manager, Hoddle has emphasised the need for a new centre forward. Wolves have drawn 25 matches during Hoddle's time in charge and have missed more chances than any club in the Coca-Cola Championship.
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"I've got to find someone who can score goals," the former England head coach said. "There's not a lot wrong with our game but the most important part - the hardest part - is not there. We have got to be more composed in the 18 yard box.
"It's the final part of the jigsaw and whether that is one player or a couple, then I have to decide. I need to choose whether to put all the money available into one basket and hope the injured lads can come back and make an impact. Or go for more than one new face."
Since taking charge at Wolves, Hoddle'srecord in all competitionsis: played 50, won 17, drawn 25, lost 8.
"With the exception of the match at Sheffield United, away we look more like the home side," Hoddle said. "We attack, we dominate but the win eludes us. We watch the videos afterwards and they don't lie. The players have seen it for themselves how frustrating it is.
"But the positive thing for me is that we are very close. We have got the best part of the season to come but please, somebody put the ball into the net."