With Gareth Bale looking increasingly likely to stay at Saints, On the Cross sifts through the candidates to play alongside the Welsh wonderkid.

Nathan Tyson
With Michael Wilde said to have pledged 2m to the club, rumours are hotting up again that we might actually spend some money in the transfer window. First on the list is Notts Forest's hot shot Nathan Tyson who can play in a number of attacking positions and when fit has scored an impressive 7 goals in 17 appearances. A price of 1.5m may put off Saints, plus question marks over whether he can keep up his strike rate in the Championship. A loan deal for a Premiership striker looks far more likely.
2/5 Tabloid

Lee Hendrie
The rumours have been gathering pace all week that Saints may be able to pull off a real coup and get Aston Villa's Hendrie in on loan. Hendrie shone at St Mary's on loan at Stoke and offers the winning combination of goals, aggression and quality on the ball. If his chance does not come now he is back at Villa, Saints will be a number of clubs queuing up for his signature.
3/5 Broadsheet

Mohammed Farouk
Saints have lacked an experienced second striker to partner Rasiak all season and Burley has been looking to bring one in on loan for many weeks now. Step forward reported Egyptian trialist Mohammed Farouk of Alexandria's Ittehad, a 28 year old who has played for Turkey's Ankaraguca no less. 1-2-3: who, where and why? Surely we should be looking for someone with proven experience in this league or the Premiership.
3/5 Broadsheet

James Beattie
A hero's return for the former Saints goalscoring machine (when fit) to get his career back on track and fire Saints back into the Premiership. Has seriously fallen out of favour with Moyes and the Everton supporters and needs a run of games to get his confidence and fitness back. What's that you say? Wages? Oh.
1/5 Some bloke down the pub

So that's it, all the way through the Rumour Mill and not a mention of a Pompey player. It really has been a dull transfer window so far for incomings. Let's hope that changes in the next couple of weeks and we can bring in the kind of quality signing to get excited about. Hendrie and Beattie would do nicely, thank you.

Guide to On the Cross ratings:
0/5 Men in white coats time
1/5 Some bloke down the pub
2/5 Tabloid
3/5 Broadsheet
4/5 Official site
5/5 Holding up a shirt