JOHN Coleman is hoping to make two or three signings before today’s transfer deadline, with a mixture of permanent and loan options.

The loan window will remain open longer, buying Accrington Stanley some time.

But any permanent deals must be completed by 5pm.

Coleman’s transfer kitty has not been swelled by back-to-back club record sales of Janoi Donacien and Kayden Jackson – both to Ipswich – which have brought in a combined £2.3million plus.

That money has been earmarked for ground improvements and the club’s new training ground.

But the Reds boss is still in the market for more players to strengthen his squad for League One, and after signing young defender Matty Platt from neighbouring Blackburn Rovers could be eyeing other options at Ewood Park.

Coleman, and assistant Jimmy Bell, watched Rovers' title-winning Under-23s side on a number of occasions last season.

They have also seen them first hand in pre-season, with Stanley facing a youthful Rovers side in a friendly at the Wham Stadium on July 28, having also played Damien Johnson's Under-23s team in a behind closed doors match earlier in the month. 

Asked if there will be any business today, Coleman said: “I’m hoping to get a couple in, permanent and loan."