WREXHAM manager Denis Smith is hoping to secure the services of a young Premiership striker in the next couple of days - while ex-England player Paul Warhurst is training with the Dragons.
If his quest is successful, the Racecourse boss will sign the promising teenager on loan for either six months or for the duration of the League Two campaign, but he insisted his plans for beating Boston United were already in place.
"Saturday's team will be selected from the players I've got at present, regardless of the fact that someone else might be coming in," he said. "If I'm able to strike a deal, it would be unreasonable to throw a new player straight into league action.
"I'd prefer that there was time for him to settle in here but at the moment the deal is a long way from being done.
"The lad has been doing well in pre-season and while his club feel a loan spell would be good for his development, there are a whole range of issues - ranging from his salary to where he is living - that would need to be dealt with."
The fact that veteran striker Paul Warhurst (above), 35, most recently at Blackpool and Forest Green Rovers, is training with the Dragons this week is an indication that Smith is keeping all his options open.
He is seeking a striker and a defender to fill his quota of 20 senior professionals, but he added: "If I'm not able to get the players I want this week, I'm prepared to be patient because I know that at some stage of the season there could well be a need to bring in some fresh faces."
A more pressing concern in the Wrexham camp is that young midfielder Matt Crowell has suffered a recurrence of the knee injury which has been troubling him during the past four weeks.
The Wales under-21 international was in for treatment yesterday following 30 minutes of action against Manchester United on Tuesday evening and is likely to be unavailable for the weekend, along with utility player Jim Whitley.
But there was better news for youngsters Michael Jones and Mike Williams, both of whom had X-rays on Monday.
Second-choice goalkeeper Jones was told he had not severely damaged the wrist he broke last season, while defender Williams, who has impressed in several pre-season friendlies, was relieved to discover he was not facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after a shin splints injury was ruled out.
Instead he was given an injection to reduce inflammation and Smith said his soreness was due to a combination of playing on unusually hard pitches and growing pains.
With the exception of Crowell, Smith's players came through Tuesday's match, staged as a testimonial for assistant manager Kevin Russell, unscathed.
Russell, who played for the opening 13 minutes of the game, which the visitors won 3-1, claimed it had been a valuable exercise for the Dragons.
"We didn't play particularly well but I thought United were outstanding," he said afterwards.
"But there are things we can take from the game to improve upon. Saturday's the big one for us now and we'll be ready."