15th Dec, 2018

Coventry City 'very close' to agreeing deals with two new players ahead of January transfer window

Shaun Reynolds 15th Dec, 2017 Updated: 15th Dec, 2017

FOOTBALL: COVENTRY City are ‘very close’ to agreeing terms with two new players ahead of the January transfer window.

But manager Mark Robins reiterated ‘whatever comes in must go out’ to balance books.

Robins provided no comment when asked what positions his new targets play.

Speaking at the club’s Ryton training ground this morning, Robins – who has been restricted in his pre-match build up ahead of tomorrow’s League Two clash against Cheltenham due to the snow – confirmed he is looking to strengthen his side in ‘different areas’.

He said: “We’ve got a couple of players we are very close to agreement with to bring in. That will give us a boost without a doubt.

“I’d like to resolve all the issues, whether I can or not in this transfer window remains to be seen. We’ve got to live within our means and make sure we do as well as we can in the transfer market with what we’ve got available.”

Robins has been dealt two major blows this season.

The first came in September when the former Manchester United forward confirmed after City’s Checkatrade Trophy match against Shrewsbury Town that Tony Andreu was out for the season.

Star winger Jodi Jones is also out for the season after sustaining a knee injury at Stevenage last month – meaning Robins has, arguably, lost his two most talented players.

And losing both Andreu and Jones has created problems for the manager when trying to establish ‘balance’ within the team.

He said: “Trying to get balance into the team has been difficult when we’ve been forced into changes all the time.

“But it’s exciting from the other part as it gives others opportunity. And that’s what we’re about, we want to develop youngsters as well as the players we’ve bought in.

“I still believe when we’re at full strength we’re the best team in the league.”

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