Mark Robins has confirmed he’d like to bring in a player before tonight’s 11.00 transfer deadline – but says any new face must “tick all the boxes” in terms of cost and what he can add to the squad.

Robins, whose side are 12th in the Championship after losing 2-1 at Barnsley on Saturday, says he is looking at the right-back position after Jack Hunt’s £2m transfer to Crystal Palace, fuelling reports that Cyrus Christie, of his old club Coventry, is a target.

But the manager was also quick to point out that Calum Woods, who can play full-back on either side, should be back from a thigh injury by the time Town resume their league campaign at home to Doncaster Rovers after the international break on Saturday week.

 

“We have always spoken about Financial Fair Play,” said Robins, who after signings Jake Carroll and Danny Carr before the end of last season, made six summer acquisitions – James Vaughan, Adam Hammill, Jon Stead, Martin Paterson, Cristian Lopez and Jonathan Hogg.

“I’m certainly looking for something in terms of an incoming deal, and we have a lot of options because of our extensive scouting network, but it has to fit in with our budget and our requirements.

“If we can find that right kind of player, perhaps one to develop or perhaps one on loan, we will act, but there is no desperation on our part.”

Hunt watched new club Palace clinch a first win of the Premier League season, 2-1 at home to Sunderland, on Saturday evening and said: “I’m delighted at the move. It’s a new challenge in my life and I can’t wait to get started.

“But I’d like to thank everybody at Town. My time there has been great, and the support from the fans brilliant. The club will always be in my heart.”