MICHAEL Laudrup has fingers crossed that Swansea City will wake up on Monday with a new striker on their books and three points on the board.
Swansea go to West Bromwich Albion tomorrow intent on getting their Premier League season up and running.
And with the closure of the transfer window now just two days away, Laudrup will have half an eye on his search for a frontman.
"I hope that when I wake up on Monday morning I will have three points in the league and a new forward in my squad," said the Swansea manager.
"I don't want to do things on Monday because there is a lot of panic before closing time.
"Sometimes you think it's a sure deal, but then someone comes in and offers more money or convinces the agent or the other club. I don't want to do that.
"I really hope we can do something in the next 48 hours."
Swansea have held talks with Albion over Hawthorns outcast Peter Odemwingie, while they are also interested in Getafe's Alvaro Vazquez.
But Laudrup has indicated that there are other names on his list of potential recruits even as the clock ticks down to the transfer deadline.
The striker Swansea have already signed this summer, Wilfried Bony, is in line to make his first Premier League start this weekend after missing the Europa League trip to Petrolul Ploiesti.
Ashley Williams, Jonjo Shelvey, Michel Vorm and Wayne Routledge are also likely to return after sitting out on Thursday night.
West Brom is only Swansea's third league game of the new season — but Laudrup admits it is time for a result after defeats by Manchester United and Tottenham.
"It's a very important game for us after losing the first two games," the Dane added.
"You can accept the defeats when you see who we played and where, but we want to get some points on the board.
"We know there are many games coming up and we'll get a lot of points in the Premier League this season, but in the beginning you want to get points as early as possible.
"On top of that, we have the international break coming up, so it's important for us to get something out of the game tomorrow."
Swansea are not the only side in need of points — Steve Clarke's Baggies are hungry for a result having lost at home to Southampton on the opening day.
They picked up a creditable goalless draw at Everton last weekend, but will be targeting Swansea's visit for their first league win of the campaign.
"This is West Brom's second home game and they lost the first, so they will want to win," Laudrup conceded.
"It will be a tough game for both sides. They played on Tuesday, and we played on Thursday with a long journey, but we can't use that as an excuse because it's part of playing in Europe.
"It's something we must get used to because we have six more games and three of those are away."
Swansea will again be without Nathan Dyer (hamstring) and Neil Taylor (thigh), but there are no fresh injury concerns after the Petrolul setback.
Dwight Tiendalli could feature in the 18 after rejoining Swansea on a three-year deal, while Albion could give a league debut to Liberty old boy Scott Sinclair.