Ross County hope to have at least one new face in place before they return to action in Saturday’s Scottish Cup fourth round trip to Ayr United.
The Staggies have yet to add to their squad during the January transfer window, however co-manager Stuart Kettlewell revealed he and Steven Ferguson are closing in on their first addition within the next 24 hours.
County have held talks with Caley Thistle defender Coll Donaldson, while the Dingwall side have also been linked with loan moves for Hibernian striker Oli Shaw and Rangers winger Glenn Middleton.
Kettlewell refused to be drawn on speculation, but confirmed they are making progress in pursuit of one of their targets.
Kettlewell said: “We’ve made inquiries about a few players, but we find ourselves in a situation where there is genuinely nothing to tell.
“There might be something happening within the next 24 hours, but a lot of factors are outwith our hands.
“We feel we have done everything we can in that situation. We just need to see what happens elsewhere between player and other club.”
Donaldson is believed to have agreed a pre-contract with the Staggies, with Inverness manager John Robertson confirming County have held talks with the 24-year-old, who they could move to bring in this window.
Donaldson is among a number of Inverness players out of contract in the summer who Robertson faces the prospect of losing, however Kettlewell remained tight-lipped on the former Dundee United player’s situation.
Kettlewell added: “I’ve seen reports Caley Thistle have three or four of their players not signing new contracts. That’s obviously their business.
“John has mentioned the fact he is going to brace himself to bring in new recruits to ensure they’re covered. It has no relevance to us whatsoever.
“There’s genuinely nothing to tell from our point of view. As there is, we’ll come forward and not muck people about or stir rumours.”
Kettlewell insists the Staggies are relishing their return from the three-week winter shutdown, which comes when they make the trip to Somerset Park to face an Ayr side sitting third in the Championship.
Kettlewell knows there is still plenty time for changes to be made to the squad, adding: “There is still a fairly long period between now and the January transfer window closing, so we just have to approach it as it comes.
“We want to get ourselves back out onto the pitch and try to prepare ourselves for what lies ahead.
“We had a good run-out against Brora Rangers and came out of it unscathed, with no injuries or niggles.
“We’re just looking forward to the Ayr game now.”