ACCRINGTON Stanley chairman Andy Holt is hopeful the Reds can add 'five or six' players in the January transfer window, including at least one before the weekend, and confirmed the club has had no offers for any of its players.

The Reds are currently 10th in the League Two table but will climb back into the play-off places with a win over Chesterfield on Saturday in a reduced fixture list.

And Stanley boss John Coleman is set to have a new face or two in his ranks by then with the club actively seeking to strengthen this month.

"I am hoping for more than a couple of signings, I think it will be five or six if we can," Stanley chairman Holt told the Lancashire Telegraph.

"We have a couple who are very close and there should be one or two in by the weekend.

"We have money to spend but it is a limited budget. We won't be buying players but we will be paying wages."

Holt added that key players, such as top goalscorer Billy Kee, were not for sale adding: "No contact has been made from any club on any of our players."

Stanley's need to strengthen was highlighted by three youth team graduates being on the bench for the New Year's Day derby with Morecambe which was abandoned at half time.

And although Holt is pleased to see youngsters coming through, he wants to strike a balance between youth and experience and permanent signings and loan additions.

He added: "I prefer more signings than loans and if it was up to me then I would finish the window with less loanees and more permanent players but it is easier said than done.

"This season has been a reasonable start for us, I am still really confident. If we have a better second half of the season then I think we can get promoted.

"The squad is performing well, it is just a bit thin and we need some reinforcements.

"We like seeing youngsters come through and we have had some on the bench recently but it is about getting that balance because you can't put too many youngsters in."