Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish, having reiterated his desire to use the loan market as a source for players, has now decided to do so by looking to Europe.
Having already missed out on several targets in the closed season and with the future of his better players still under threat from Premier League predators, McLeish is mindful that strengthening his squad is vital ahead of a tough Coca-Cola Championship campaign.
He said: "We have to reassess one or two things. Players that we thought would take us to another level in the Premier League, a lot of them wouldn't want to come.
"But we have had some positive feedback from two or three players who said they would come to us with a view to getting into England and then getting into the Premier League, so there are still one or two irons in the fire."
The qualities that McLeish is looking for are not simply based on footballing ability.
He feels the right personality will prove just as valuable in the Championship and it is with both those in mind that the Blues manager is weighing up his options.
He said: "We will certainly be doing our homework on players, but you can overdo it.
"You can get nine counts of positive feedback about a player and just one negative, which will end up in you not signing him. That is rife in the game.
"I think character is important. Take Lee Carsley for example, I know the type of player I am getting with him.
"I'm looking for players of his ilk and character to play in this Birmingham team.
"They have got have fire in the belly and want to give their best in training and on match day every single week."
Former Blues skipper Martin O'Connor, a player who typified those qualities, believes the desire to perform on the pitch must be shared by the board's investment off it.
He said: "The current board have done a great job for Birmingham City. But there's some big clubs in the Championship and it's not going to be easy. Now is the time for more investment. The Premiership is where the club wants to be and it's going to be difficult to get back there without it.
"It would show the fans that the board cares and that they are bothered about the state of the club. It brings that feelgood factor and shows everyone is pushing in the same direction."
Birmingham City will have a stand at the Grass Roots Football Live show at the NEC which starts tomorrow. Trevor Francis and former Blues striker Steve Claridge will be on hand to meet supporters.