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'We will bring players in' - Pressley

27 January 2014

The Sky Blues boss has confirmed he has to wait for deals to come off ahead of Friday's transfer deadline...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has moved to reassure City fans that the club will bring in players ahead of Friday's transfer deadline.

With Leon Clarke a major doubt for the trip to Leyton Orient and Callum Wilson currently recovering from his shoulder injury, the Sky Blues are currently short on striking options.

Academy player George Thomas is set to travel with the first-team squad to the Matchroom Stadium as Pressley searches his squad for options.

Whilst the City boss has been left frustrated by the transfer market, Pressley has confirmed there are several 'irons in the fire'.

Pressley said: "It has been really tough. I can't tell you how difficult it's been. We've got several irons in the fire at the moment.

"Trust me, we will have brought in players by the deadline. When I was sitting up the road in Scotland, I always wondered why all the deals were left until the last minute.

"We've been trying all month to get the right players in but getting strikers in the building is very difficult. It is a domino effect when they're forced to make a last minute decision and when the club at the top finally does that, it has a knock-on effect.

"Everybody is waiting on getting a player in before letting them go. We're waiting on decisions from clubs and players at the moment as we need the right personnel."

Chris Dagnall enjoyed a one-month loan spell with the club over the Christmas period, scoring in the 3-1 win at MK Dons, but is set to line up against City tomorrow night for Leyton Orient.

The former Barnsley man signed an 18-month deal with the London side and whilst Pressley admitted he was interested in the player, the length of contract was a stumbling block.

He added: "We've seen that Chris (Dagnall) has hit the ground running there and it is no surprise as he is a great lad with a great attitude towards the game. 

"We were keen to sign him but it was really down to the length of contract. We weren't in a position where we were willing to give him a longer deal.

"Leyton Orient did that and they've got a very good player, a player we're looking forward to facing tomorrow night."

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