DEAN KEATES is hopeful of making new signings before Saturday's home game against Dagenham and Redbridge but the Reds' boss could add to his squad after the January transfer window closes.

Teams are unable to complete permanent deals when the window shuts tomorrow but will still be able to sign players on loan and bring in free agents.

Keates, who has already made three new signings this month - Davis Keillor-Dunn, Dan Jarvis and Jordan Ponticelli - still wants reinforcements despite Wrexham winning their last two games to ease their relegation fears.

"I am optimistic that we will get at least one in before the window closes," said Keates.

"I am happy with where the group are over the last couple of weeks but competition needs to be healthy and adding one or two more will take us to the next level.

"I am still looking at adding even after the two decent results we have had. We have got targets and are waiting on a few phone calls.

"Whether there is one or two permanent deals, we will just have to wait and see.

"When the window closes, you can still loan but you can't do permanent deals unless someone is out of contract.

"You might find over the next 48 hours that contracts are paid up, terminated, and then players become free agents and they can still do business outside the window."

No shortage of young players are available on loan and Keates added: "With the position we were in a few weeks ago, it was not so much young players [we wanted] but more established players who have played at the level or a higher level but the recurring theme has been young players.

"Whether it goes mad the next 48 hours, we will have to wait and see."

Keates is hoping out-of-favour players will also accept offers from other clubs and exit The Racecourse

"I thought one was going to happen on Tuesday but it might not now knowing what has happened over the last 24 hours," added Keates.

"It is not personal and without sounding too ruthless, if you are not playing here then you need to look at the opportunity to go and play somewhere else."