Cardiff City have made a £25million offer for Nantes striker Emiliano Sala.
Sportsmail revealed manager Neil Warnock watched the Argentine score in Nantes' 3-2 win over Marseille on Wednesday and the Welsh club have followed up with a bid to take the prolific striker in January.
Warnock admitted he was also casting his eye over Marseille full-back Bouna Sarr and a midfielder, understood to be Nantes' Abdoulaye Toure, in the same game.
However, striker is a priority and Cardiff are now pushing to get a deal done for 13-goal Sala ahead of competition from Premier League rivals.
'He [Sala] has scored some good goals this year,' said Warnock.
'He didn't have a very good game the other night, but he's done well. And the Marseille lad did well as well. It could have been a full-back or a midfielder but, if I told you the name, it wouldn't be as interesting a story then, would it?'
Pacy and at 6ft 2in, Sala is the kind of busy, physically imposing forward Warnock is looking for as he aims to bolster Cardiff's bid for Premier League survival.
'I'd like someone who could score 25 goals in the next three months,' joked Warnock.
'We all know what we need. It's no good looking for a certain type of player because they've got to be able to work hard as well as put the ball in the net.'
Warnock will have money at his disposal in January but a fee of £25m is more than double Cardiff's record transfer fee - the £11m paid to Sevilla for Gary Medel in 2013.
'We've got to find the players that we want and then recommend the players to the club,' added the 70-year-old Yorkshireman.
'Then it's down to the club if they can do a deal, whether it's a permanent or a loan - because loans aren't cheap. It's a very difficult time January. You will get knockbacks. We'll try and have as many back-ups as we can.'