Kenny Jackett wants to use Wolves’ top-two position as a bargaining tool to strengthen his squad before the loan window closes.
The Molineux head coach is looking for the re-integration of Jamie O’Hara alongside several swoops to give Wolves’ all-time best start a further boost as they prepare for the hectic festive period.
Football League clubs have until 5pm on Thursday, November 28 to complete loan signings – including Premier League players – before the window shuts until January 1.
Jackett has several irons in the fire and has again targeted players in the final year of their contracts, as he did with summer arrivals Scott Golbourne and James Henry.
“It’s far easier to bring people in if you’re top of the league rather than bottom, and if people think there’s optimism for the future, hopefully they want to join,” said Jackett.
“We’ve had only a few injuries so far but common sense tells you it won’t stay like that and we’ll have a period when we’re asking ‘what have we got to back it up? How good is our squad?’ and ‘how good are we at recruiting players?’
“Filling those holes by turning a negative of an injury into a positive of a good signing is what we want to do.”
Jackett wants to be at a stage where he can be ready to sign players, especially if injury worries to Matt Doherty, Richard Stearman and Kevin Foley deepen, while the attack could be another area deemed light.
“I’m not going to be bringing anyone in by Saturday, but it’s a constant assessment of the market to make sure if we do need to move, we can,” he said.
“If players become available – as happened with Golbourne and Henry – we can capitalise.”
Jackett and head of football development Kevin Thelwell have done their homework on potential targets and their availability.
“You need to know what’s happening around the country,” said Jackett.
“It’s a two-way street and you have to always be doing your homework to know who’s potentially moving where, so if you need to strength, you can bring in a good player.”
Jackett also wants Wolves to be more flexible formation-wise as they seek more options to break down the opposition.
“If you’ve got two systems and can go from to another within a game, it can really help you, and the better the players understand that, the better it is,” he said.
“We have to keep working at our coaching, our development of all of our players and the team and the understanding of going from one system to another.”