Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka confirmed he is aiming to sign two players on loan from Chelsea after watching his side win 3-0 at Oldham in the first round of the Capital One Cup.
Boro are chasing striker Patrick Bamford and midfielder George Saville as they bid to launch a Sky Bet Championship promotion campaign.
Bamford, 20, impressed on loan at Derby and MK Dons last season, while Saville, 21, helped Brentford win promotion from League One.
Karanka has strong links with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as the pair worked together closely at Real Madrid.
Boro’s cup progress at Oldham was untroubled after Luke Williams had fired them ahead on the half-hour mark with a 30-yard thunderbolt.
Adam Reach set up Grant Leadbitter to slot in their second in the 48th minute and substitute Kike rounded off the win with a clinical 10-yard finish on the hour-mark.
Boro could have stretched their lead on a comfortable night, while League One side Oldham did not manage a shot on target.
Karanka said: “We are improving every day and showing we are a good team, but I also want to sign more players.
“Maybe two or three more signings will be enough for me to have the squad that I want.
“We are not strong enough at the moment. I want players who can’t sleep because they are worried that someone else will take their place.
“I hope we will sign the two from Chelsea. The club are working on that, but we have got seven games in 22 days so I’m concentrating on the games.
“We were very good here and I’m pleased. The players who came into the team did well, we didn’t concede any goals and we fought to the last second.
“It was the kind of game that can be difficult and Oldham put us under some pressure, but we were strong.”
Spanish summer signing Kike, on target in the opening-day win against Birmingham, was one of six changes made by Boro as he started on the bench, but the Sky Bet Championship side were still far too strong for their League One opponents.
Boro could have taken an early lead when Jonathan Woodgate met Adam Reach’s corner, but headed over from six yards.
Grant Leadbitter also went close before they made their dominance count on the half-hour mark, with Luke Williams taking possession 30 yards from goal and hammering a superb shot into the top corner.
Boro’s lead was doubled in the 48th minute as Reach crossed from the left and Leadbitter calmly slotted past Oldham goalkeeper Paul Rachubka from 14 yards.
Spanish substitute Kike, who had only just come off the bench, made it 3-0 after an hour when he showed neat control before angling a pin-point 10-yard drive inside the far post.
The dangerous Kike also lobbed over the crossbar, while Oldham failed to muster a shot on target.