Jim's wish list for next transfer window

AS one transfer window closes, plans for the next one have already begun for Blues boss Jim Magilton, with David Healy and Dejan Stefanovic still top of his list.

Derek Davis

AS one transfer window closes, plans for the next one have already begun for Blues boss Jim Magilton, with David Healy and Dejan Stefanovic still top of his list.

Magilton has made no secret of his admiration for Northern Ireland's record goal-scorer since he took over as Ipswich manager but is only now able to afford to former Manchester United youngster who will be released by Fulham in the summer.

Magilton tried to land him on loan but Roy Hodgson has been reluctant to let the striker, who ironically is an injury doubt for their game at Fulham today, go out while they are still in a relegation battle.

Another Fulham player still high on Magilton's list is Stefanovic and Town's chances of getting him will be greatly enhanced once he has secured the British citizenship he is seeking.

A definitive list will be drawn up once Town know which division they are in, and who they will be letting go from the current squad, but in the meantime Magilton is urging his side to finish what they have started.

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He said: “We made every effort to bring someone but it didn't happen. We are now in a position where these lads have got us in and we are more than capable of going on and getting there.

“There is no more pressure to bring someone in now until the end of the season so now we concentrate fully on the lads we have and instilling the belief to go the extra mile.”

Town's play-off rivals Crystal Palace did the most deadline day business with Neil Warnock bringing in Scott Sinclair from Chelsea, via Charlton. West Ham's Kyel Reid and Fulham's Nathan Ashton.

League leaders Stoke City completed a double signing when they secured former Celtic midfielder Stephen Pearson on loan from Derby County. That deal didn't go though until late Thursday and they had to wait until Friday afternoon before getting final approval. Pearson joins Shola Ameobi from Newcastle in helping the Potters title challenge.

Southampton also secured a last minute deal when they took Chris Lucketti from Sheffield United.

Tony Mowbray did arguably the smartest bit of business by recalling Neil Clements from one of their big automatic top two rivals Hull City.

So with no reinforcements Magilton will go with what his got and has plenty of options as to who he plays alongside Alan Lee up front.

He said: “Pablo misses three games and Shefki is not 100 per cent. We don't want to push him for the sake of one game and have him missing for more.

“Gary Roberts went away and got games and has come back better for it.

“Jordan has scored a lot of goals and maybe it is time to give him his chance. He has been on the periphery all year and done very well scoring a lot of goals. He deserves an opportunity, whether it is against QPR or not we will see.”

If the strikers don't get the goals then it may be worth having a punt on skipper Jason de Vos who loves scoring against QPR.

Of his 11 Town goals three have come against rangers in six games, a strike rate of one in two.

That's even better than Alan Lee who gets a ton-up of Town appearances today, banging in 32 goals which is slightly less than a one in three ratio.

QPR have been getting their goals in triplicate too with three goals in their past three games.

Magilton said: “QPR are very attack-minded playing with Akos Buzsaky and Rowan Vine wide and Patrick Agyemang, who always does well against us, and Dexter Blackstock up front

“Luigi De Canio has got them playing. To go to Molineux and score three goals, and not win the game, is some going but that is the way they go into games. I watched them against Stoke and they were excellent and deserved to win the game.

“But we are at home and I expect us to win the game.

“With seven games to go at home against QPR it should be a cracking atmosphere but we need to make sure we start on the front foot and take the game to them as their greatest strength is going forward.”