Striker tops Matt Taylor’s wanted list as transfer window clock ticks down

Exeter City manager Matt Taylor is unsure which way the transfer window will go as the clock ticks down to Monday’s 11pm deadline.

City have brought in Jokull Andresson on loan from Reading until the end of the season, with Lewis Ward going out on loan to Portsmouth, and earlier this month completed the signing of centre back Sam Stubbs.

But the Grecians, like many clubs, are in the market for reinforcements with a striker at the top of Taylor’s winter wish-list.

City have been linked with Gillingham’s John Akinde and Shrewsbury frontman Jason Cummings, but it seems both players are unlikely to leave in this window as both League One clubs are keen to retain their services.

That is thanks in large to the Coronavirus pandemic with teams keen to make sure they have enough players to see them through a challenging run of games between now and the end of the season when most clubs will be playing twice a week.

Incredibly, only four permanent deals have been done in the Premier League so far when, usually, there would be considerably more, despite the January window being traditionally difficult to get deals done. That has meant there has been no chain reaction further down  with less movement than ever before throughout football.

Matt Taylor Manager of Exeter City looking tense during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Morecambe at St James Park, Exeter on 26 Jan. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK
Matt Taylor Manager of Exeter City looking tense during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Morecambe at St James Park, Exeter on 26 Jan. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK
(Image: Phil Mingo/PPAUK)

Taylor feels the final days will go one of two ways: either there will be a manic end to the window, with clubs scrambling to get deals done, or it will continue to be quiet with plenty of offers made, but very little end movement.

“It has been an incredible window where there has been very little movement and very little movement in the positions that we are perhaps all looking to strengthen, which is the top end of the pitch,” Taylor said.

“All we can do is put those offers in front of players. They are loan offers and, as I have said previously, some clubs are keeping hold of players because of the number of games that they have left and the chance that they could lose players due to the Covid situation.

“It will all come to a head in the next few days – it has to – because the window closes on Monday and hopefully, we will have one or possibly two more bodies in the building.

“It could go one of two ways. Everyone is frantically trying to get deals done, but it could go the other way, which I think is more realistic than a busy and mad last few days. But that is the nature of what’s happened to football away from the pitch and we can’t have any qualms with that.

“If we don’t bring any players in, then we will just have to understand what we have got moving forward, but you are always looking and we hope to do that before the window closes.”

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