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Boss eyes two signings as deadline looms

30 January 2018

Stags' boss Steve Evans says there will be a maximum of two new signings before the January transfer window slams shut tomorrow.

Clubs throughout the country have until 11.00pm tomorrow (Wednesday 31 January) to fine-tune their squads ahead of the final few months of the season.

And the gaffer, speaking to the local media at One Call Stadium on Tuesday morning, says he will make a maximum of two new additions to his promotion-chasing squad.

"From our point of view, we're trying to do one or two bits. I was 'on the blower' with the chairman earlier this morning, and Mrs Radford of course, and we're trying to pull one or two things together," the Stags' chief said.

"If we don't add to the group, I won't turn grey, I won't lose any sleep; we've got a fantastic dressing room. We're trying to get one or two in that will help us.

"Again, they're not going to be names that our supporters look at and go 'wow!' like young Kingy was. Do we think they'll be 'wow' for us? Yes. What did [Ben] Whiteman do? What did [Alex] MacDonald do? People didn't really appreciate what we were bringing in when we brought this squad together.

"We're fine-tuning it now. We're just adding and we've got to be careful what we add as well. We've got such a fantastic dressing room. Zander Diamond tells me he doesn't need to work hard in this dressing room, like some captains have to to keep the spirit there.

"The spirit has been there even in losing spells, in inconsistent spells and you don't want to be putting any bad apples in that dressing room, for sure."

The boss doesn't expect to be working on deals right up to the 11.00pm deadline tomorrow, however he admits that could change if a player becomes available at short notice.

"We'll try and burn some oil in the next 24 hours. I don't envisage us being late, but how can it change? Someone can suddenly pick up the phone, say they've got someone in and this player then becomes available.

"If I think he can add something to what we've got then I will go to the chairman and the chief exec, if they say 'press the button' then we could be here late.

"As we sit here now, we're hoping that our business will either get a tick in the box or an 'x' in a box probably by this time tomorrow."

"We'll try and burn some oil in the next 24 hours. I don't envisage us being late, but how can it change? Someone can suddenly pick up the phone, say they've got someone in and this player then becomes available."

Steve Evans, manager

Swansea City midfielder Adam King arrived at One Call Stadium on loan yesterday whilst defender George Taft rejoined Cambridge United until the end of the season and the former Leeds United manager says 'one or two' further players may leave on loan, but has been told by chairman John Radford to reject any offers for individuals currently playing important roles in the first team.

"There may still be the odd one or two go out. There will be no one leaving for money that's playing a major part, our chairman made that clear to me on Saturday evening on the telephone. [He said] when they ring you, Steve, just say 'no'. It's wonderful support from a fantastic family, the Radfords.

"We've got opportunities that we have to speak to the players about and say 'these have come in'. The players are aware of that now, of course. They make the decisions; if they decide that they want to stay and fight, fantastic, that's great for me. But you're not going to be allowed into my office next week to moan about why you're not in the team.

"The way it works now, if you go by the January window, don't be coming and asking the manager why you're not playing when you had an opportunity to go and get football.

"If you're saying you're coming in and just reminding people that you're working so hard to get in and you're doing it in training and in reserve matches and in any matches you get involved in, then stay and help us win the battle."

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