Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has confirmed a "conversation" with Liverpool over a move for Rickie Lambert but admits the striker is unlikely to leave Anfield this January.
Pardew celebrated victory over Tottenham Hotspur in his first game back at Selhurst Park, on Sunday 11 January, but his attention will now switch to bringing a potent goal threat into his side.
Arsenal forward Yaya Sanogo has been heavily linked with a loan move to south-east London, with his manager Arsene Wenger keen for the player to remain in the Premier League.
But Pardew has already attempted to address his side's struggles in the final third with former Southampton star Lambert.
"We are kind of monitoring strikers," Pardew said. "My pool of strikers don't have a problem with that. They know competition is coming in. [Glenn] Murray was terrific and I was really pleased with him, and that is a boost for us, but hopefully there will be a striker or two arriving.
"I had a conversation with Brendan Rodgers [about Lambert] but I don't think Rickie is going anywhere. I think Rickie wants to stay there and try and win his position."
Lambert has largely struggled since completing his move to boyhood club Liverpool in the summer. The 32-year-old has struck just two goals in all competitions having struggled to impose himself on first-team plans during a difficult season for the Merseyside club.
Despite his struggles, Lambert remains determined to reverse his fortunes, leaving Pardew to explore other options in his attempts to bolster his Palace squad.
Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe has emerged as a possible target in recent days. The Toronto FC star has returned to White Hart Lane to train with his former club following the conclusion of the MLS campaign late last year, but could be ready to quit the club just 11 months after joining them.
"I know Jermain from my West Ham days and I know what he can do," Pardew continued. "It will be interesting to see if he comes on the market and if he pitches in. He will probably have a couple of choices, I should think."