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Mark Robins not ruling out any last minute deals

By Steve Carpenter Thursday 31 January 2013 Updated: 31/01 10:55

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Buy photos » Mark Robins wants his Sky Blues side to deal with Sheffield United physical edge on Friday.

IT looks likely to remain a fairly quiet January transfer window for the Sky Blues, but manager Mark Robins has not ruled out any last minute deals.

With the clock ticking away towards tonight's (Thursday) 11pm deadline, Robins revealed there are one or two players on his radar, including Sheffield Wednesday and former Sky Blues loanee Gary Madine.

But with the likes of Gary McSheffrey, Stephen Elliott, Callum Ball and David Bell all available for the trip to Sheffield United on Friday Robins admitted he would only strike a deal if it benefitted his side.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Bramall Lane, he said: "You're always looking to see if there's something you can to do improve and help the current squad.

"We'll always remain open to trying to make things better by bringing players in.

"There are one or two players on my radar that I want to bring in but if we're going to do something we need to bring in players that are going to make a difference.

"If someone goes out then we might be able to do something. If not, then we'll remain as we are.

"We've also got players fighting to get into this team so I need to see if they can make a difference. If they don't then eventually they're going to move on.

"I may have a look at a youngster from a Premier League club, that might be after the January transfer window has closed.

"I get good support from the board in terms of doing some of the leg work so we'll see what transpires but my focus is firmly on the current crop players and the game on Friday."

The Sky Blues have have already met the Blades twice this season, with both matches ending in draws.

But Robins is expecting a different type of match this time around against Danny Wilson's side and has warned his players of the physical challenge.

He added: "They play a different side and we're playing in a different way and without being arrogant we're confident.

"They're a physical side. They'll put the ball forward as quickly as they possibly can and play on second balls but they've got a bit of quality as well.

"Similar to us they've got players who have played at a higher level and we've got to match that physicality and then try and play our game on a difficult surface.

"They'll be wanting to get out of this division come the end of the season, the same as we do, but that's what we're going there for, to pick our wits against a strong League One team with similar ambitions to ourselves.

"We're in the there fighting. We're in the vicinity of where we want to be and we know what we've got to do.

"We're obviously all very aware of everything that is going on around the game but it's important we go there in the right frame of mind.

"We know what's coming but Friday night is the biggest game of the season as far as I'm concerned."

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