LATICS chief Uwe Rosler has targeted ‘three areas’ in which he is looking to strengthen during the January transfer window.
The German has been dividing his time this week, trying to prepare his squad for Saturday’s Championship visit of Bournemouth while keeping tabs on transfer-window developments.
Rosler is hoping to do business both in and out, making room on the wage bill for incomings he feels are vital to bolster the squad for the run-in.
And he remains confident his squad will be stronger at the end of the month than it was at the beginning.
“We are looking to strengthen, though, there is no doubt about that,” he told the Evening Post.
“I have identified three areas that we need to bring in players, but I will keep those positions to myself for now.”
Things have been relatively quiet so far, with only Ryan Shotton and Will Keane having returned to Stoke and Manchester United respectively after loan spells.
But Rosler says the lack of incoming activity is not for the want of trying.
“A lot of clubs are trying to do what we are trying to do, and I think you need a bit of luck as well,” he revealed.
“I was very keen to nail down a couple of things very early in the window, but it’s not always about what I or what the football club wants to do.
“There are another two parties involved in any deal, and things can get slowed down especially when other clubs are involved. “I will always be positive in everything I do, and the glass will always continue to be half-full.
“That makes me believe we will be a lot stronger at the end of the window than when we started it – both in quality and balance of the squad.
“I think when you see the injuries we have and the loan players we have lost it’s obvious there are areas where we are thin. We will be trying to bring players in, first and foremost, and when we get in the players we need there will be scope for one or two to go out.”
One man Latics have been strongly linked with is Hull centre-back Jack Hobbs, who is currently on a season-long loan at Nottingham Forest with a view to a permanent Bosman free transfer in the summer.
Hull chief Steve Bruce revealed at the weekend that Latics had enquired about the possibility of buying Hobbs now, which would clearly be a more attractive proposition to the Tigers.
Rosler, though, is keeping his cards close to his chest.
“I get enquiries for players every day – sometimes you make those enquiries public and sometimes you keep them private,” he added.