With the January window upon us, Neil Warnock has been putting the finishing touches to his budget shopping list - hoping to whet the appetite of Vincent Tan who is unlikely to be lavishing banknotes in his direction.
The Welsh outfit are on a shoestring budget in the Premier League and it's been well publicised by manager Warnock - but he needs to strengthen his squad to stand any chance of an unlikely survival.
The Bluebirds need a striker first and foremost, with a right-back and another option in the midfield to bolster the ranks.
Here are seven players who may be on the Yorkshireman's radar.
1. Ethan Ampadu
The young Welshman would certainly get some valuable Premier League experience in the Cardiff backline having yet to feature in the league so far this season.
Neil Warnock has previously mooted the idea of the 18-year-old joining on loan but with Harry Arter already borrowed from Bournemouth , there is only room in the squad for one more loanee from the top flight - so Warnock will have to choose wisely.
2. Emiliano Sala
It has been well documented that Warnock's priority is a striker and one of the names circulating in the media has been Emiliano Sala.
The Argentinian plies his trade in Ligue One in France and is currently joint top scorer with 12 goals - along with a certain Kylian Mbappe.
Warnock would have to pull a few strings to get this one over the line but the 28-year-old has certainly got the eye for goal that the Bluebirds desperately lack.
3. Fernando Llorente
The ex-Swansea man would have to win over a few sections of the home support, however, the tall striker is just the type of forward Neil Warnock needs.
Although utility man Callum Patteson is contributing with goals, he is not an instinctive striker - and has even featured at right-back.
Llorente is good in the air, can hold up play and will take to the Cardiff City style under Warnock like a duck to water. He's also guaranteed more Premier League minutes than his mere 15 so far.
4. Jordon Mutch
Another ex-Cardiff man whose name has surfaced ahead of the upcoming transfer window is Jordon Mutch.
The midfielder was released by Crystal Palace and is currently a free agent. However, he was a key part of Cardiff City's last Premier League campaign in 2013/2014.
The 27-year-old may still have something to offer the Premier League and, despite struggling to fit-in at Selhurst Park, he could be a useful addition to the Bluebirds' squad.
5. Neal Maupay
The 22-year-old Frenchman has become one of the Championship's most prolific marksmen with 15 goals already.
Warnock will no doubt be looking down the leagues to bolster his attacking force - or lack of - and Premier League football is an attractive option for any over-performing Championship striker.
Huddersfield have also been linked with a January move for the forward, but maybe the Bluebirds could sway the Frenchman's mind, somehow.
6. Lewis Grabban
If Warnock does look down into the Championship in the hunt for a striker, then Lewis Grabban - who has 14 goals for Nottingham Forest this term - could be a good option.
However, despite some brief spells in the Premier League with Norwich and Bournemouth, the 30-year-old has never really cut it at the highest level with just the solitary goal in 24 appearances in England's top flight.
This could be one final chance for the forward before he starts tumbling down the leagues should Warnock come calling.
7. James Collins
The 35-year-old centre-back maybe slightly older than Cardiff would like, but his experience in the dressing room as well as on the pitch could be instrumental in a potential relegation dogfight.
Another ex-Bluebird, Collins went on to West Ham following leaving his boyhood club but has remained a free agent having been released by the Hammers in the summer.
The Welshman is also Vincent Tan's favourite price - free - and could potentially be persuaded for a pay-as-you-play deal.