RUNCORN are investing in the international markets ahead of today's transfer deadline.
They are on the brink of capturing ex-Australian international defender Jason Van Blerk and may even sign an Italian goalkeeper - though there could be problems getting clearance for the latter.
The Linnets aren't anticipating any late snags with Sydney-born ex-Millwall, Manchester City and West Brom veteran Van Blerk, 37, whose last club was Colwyn Bay in the UniBond League.
It is more a question of whether they can do such a quick deal with keeper Alessandro Percovich, whose last club was AC Taino in his homeland.
'Alessandro has played at some big clubs in Italy but has moved here with his wife and hasn't really done anything the last couple of years,' said Runcorn boss Steve Soley.
'He has trained with us and looks a terrific keeper. He loves to punch the ball as all continental keepers do - but he punches to the halfway line.'
With time not on his side, Soley might be forced to look elsewhere for a second keeper while stressing whoever comes in will be number two to on-loan Neil Thompson.
Soley has captured midfieldman Mike McGinn, brother of Matty, from local football on Merseyside.
But the siblings may never feature in the same Runcorn team.
Southport, anxious that their lead in Nationwide North has been whittled away, have put in a cash offer for their long-term target Matty McGinn.
Soley has rejected the bid but the club's reigning player-of-the-year will be out of contract in the summer.
And with David Ness now available again after suspension, Soley could yet be tempted by an improved offer for the player.
Runcorn have, meanwhile, released highly-rated midfieldman Scott Willis as a disciplinary measure.
Soley was upset at Willis' reaction to being demoted to the bench at Stalybridge - now the player's probable destination - on Good Friday.
Runcorn fear they could be without John Robertson for three matches, following his sending off against Prescot.
The skipper took exception to a challenge by Rangers wideman Robin Gibson.
Soley believes Robertson could have been left with a serious injury had the player not seen the tackle coming.
'It was a terrible tackle and Robbo got him in a head-lock,' said Soley.
'The referee's always going to send both of them off in such cases and I don't have any real complaints.
'I have no complaints with Robbo. He said he was lucky he'd seen the tackle coming in - otherwise he could have ended up with a broken leg.'
Subject to the referee's report, Robertson will miss Lancaster City (away), Kettering Town and Hucknall. nRuncorn visit Redditch United on Saturday.