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25 January 2018

NIGEL Clough says he is getting busier in this January transfer window, and are trying to get deals down in both directions.

"It is getting busier, calls with players in and out, loans and permanent. A awful lot of enquiries both ways, we sift through them and do the best deals for the club that we can."

The Brewers boss has already introduced Martin Samuelson to the Albion squad this window, but hopes to get some more deals done before the next game against Reading on Tuesday 30 January.

He said: "We are close, we would hope to have at least one, maybe two in before the Reading game. Of course, they have to be registered by 12 o'clock on Monday to be available so we would hope to get at least one in and maybe two by then and then we have another 48 hours before the window closes."

Burton Albion are the second-lowest scorers in the Championship so far this season, so Nigel Clough is looking to strengthen the forward areas.

"It will be more forwards, we are not looking too much defensively at the moment, it is more further up the pitch," said Clough. "(New players) are unaffected by the lack of confidence, they have got no experience of the home form that we are going through at the moment or anything like that. That is one of the big advantages of big players coming in, they are not encumbered by any of the baggage from the first half of the season. They just want to play football, usually they have not played, like Martin Samuelsen and you saw that he wants to play football."

The manager also explains the complications of completing a transfer.

"It has been between a player, an agent and a club, you have to get all three to agree and getting all of those in line sometimes is difficult. We have agreed a deal with a club for a player and now we are just waiting on the player now to say yes or no, of course they want to try and leave it, like they do in the summer, to see if they can get a better offer.

With there being no game for Burton until Tuesday 30 January, a lot of focus this week has been and will continue to be on transfers.

Nigel Clough said: "We have been concentrating fully this week on trying to do business. Ideally, we don't want it to go until the last day so we want to try and get everything done, and with Tuesday being such an important game, we want to get players eligible for that.

"We have got enquiries for a couple of players to go out on-loan. That may well happen."

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