SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Dave Jones on striker alert

Options: Dave Jones could decide on a loan deal before Christmas or wait until the January window
Options: Dave Jones could decide on a loan deal before Christmas or wait until the January window

He is not ruling out a loan signing this month or a full one after the January window opens.

It would also involve someone going out to prevent the squad becoming too big.

Jones’ revelation could send a message to his current forwards that goals are needed if his hand is to be stayed.

He regards a scoring knack as “the final piece in the jigsaw”, saying: “We might have to go out and find someone who’s going to score goals.

“We might have to move people out and bring people in to change it. There’s no hiding from that. If that’s what needs to be done, that’s what we’ll do.”

He cannot say whether a signing would be a loan or a full transfer. “It all depends on what’s coming in and who wants to go out and everything else,” he said.

Jones also commented yesterday: “We can’t bring anybody in (on a full deal) before January, but if we can look around and put pressure on the players who are here to score goals then that’s what we’ll try to do.”

He would like to see current players come good in front of goal.”Jay (Bothroyd), Cog (Chris O’Grady), Gary Madine, Rodri ... they’re all here to score goals. We can get them, but we need to put away more of the chances we are creating.

“That’s the good thing: we are getting into good positions. You just keep working at trying to finish it off.”

Another forward, Chris Maguire, was about to join Portsmouth when he was injured.

O’Grady has been the main central striker recently but is believed to have been interesting Barnsley, while Madine has played rarely and last night was being linked with Swindon.

Jones admitted earlier that he cannot just keep adding to his squad. “You have to cut your cloth accordingly, as in any business,” he said. “I’ve never had a problem with that and it’s the way I’ve always worked. You have to move players out to make way for others.”