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Wellington Phoenix have set their sights on signing a new striker in the upcoming January transfer window.

Merrick confirmed after Thursday night's 0-0 draw with Sydney FC that a striker will be at the top of their hit list.

“We’ll certainly look around during the January transfer window," Merrick told Fox Sports.

“We’ve got a spot we’ve got the money it’s just a matter of trying to find the right player.

“Having said that I think we’ve got two or three players coming on, Jeffrey Sarpong when he comes good, Blake Powell is back from injury and beginning to show what he can do, but it would be good to add upfront.”

Wellington currently sit sixth, with 11 points from the opening eight games.