Albion have identified two strikers in their quest to unearth a scorer during the January transfer window.

Manager Mark McGhee hopes at least one of the un-named targets will provide the goals which have been missing all season.

The problem was highlighted again in Saturday's 1-0 exit from the FA Cup at home to Coventry, when French winger Seb Carole was switched up front.

McGhee and his backroom staff have been scouring the continent in places like Poland, France and Ireland. One of the front men they want plays abroad, the other is home-based.

Gary McSheffrey's 50th minute solo effort for Coventry at Withdean left McGhee counting the cost once more of Albion's lack of firepower.

"In the second half we totally dominated the play but we didn't have a striker able to get us a goal," he said. "That is something that has been true for a long time. We are desperately looking to bring someone in to lead the line. Most weeks we come off saying we played well but we have either drawn or lost.

"We can improvise in other positions, you cannot improvise goalscorers.

"We have tried. We have played with different combinations of Mark McCammon, Colin Kazim-Richards and Jake Robinson, Leon Knight before he went (to Swansea), Chris McPhee before he was injured and Federico Turienzo.

"We have tried everything we have got and still not got the right combination, so we need to pour everything we have into finding someone to turn us from a team that is going to draw or lose a game into a team that is going to win."

Albion are poised to complete the £20,000 transfer of former on-loan goalkeeper Wayne Henderson from Aston Villa before Saturday's visit by promotion-chasing Leeds. McGhee confirmed: "We are still in negotiations with him and his representative."

Henderson will cost the Seagulls a further £15,000 if the Republic of Ireland prospect helps them to Championship survival.

Meanwhile, Albion are hoping mega-rich Chelsea will waive the £37,500 cut they are due from Knight's £125,000 switch to Swansea last week.

Knight cost £50,000 when his goals led the Seagulls to promotion two seasons ago and the runaway Premiership leaders also had a 50 per cent sell-on.

Albion's home game against Burnley, scheduled for Tuesday, January 31, could be brought forward to the fourth round date of Saturday, January 28 now that both clubs are out of the FA Cup. Burnley were beaten in another all-Championship tie at Derby.